Of the hill peoples of the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
Presented in this article is a somewhat rare example of a purely practical Vietna
Modeled after the Chinese "guan dao", made of lacquered wood.
A typical example with a nice forge folded blade with differential heat treatment.
The sword and everyday tool of the headhunters of Borneo.
These sabers from Kalimantan exhibit a mix of European, Islamic, and local styles.
With a very good, substantial blade with differential heat treatment.
An almost textbook example of a silver-plated kalasan.
On a sturdy, user-grade blade with temper line.
With cast-bronze guarding figure hilt.
Of an all-wooden construction, simulating a sheathed long saber.
In original condition and period finish. Some losses, no repairs.
The famous sidearm of the headhunters of Borneo.
A nice example that can serve as a benchmark to help date others.
A charming and somewhat unusual example of a Thai dáap (ดาบ).
A rare set of twin knives in a single scabbard.
An unusual dha with features of various cultures.
A saber that is peculiar to the southern part of the island of Borneo.
An unusual Vietnamese officer saber of the 19th century, with an all-horn hilt.
Showing the strong Japanese influence on Vietnamese sword making of the time.
In excavated condition. Probably 15th-17th century.
With double tiered golden crown.
Also known as pedang lurus.
Collected by Victor Auguste Robin, a senior officer of the Tonkin expeditionary force 1885-1887.
Of a late 19th century type with a silver-backed hardwood grip.
A typical example of the better sikin panjang with a golden crown.
A sikin panjang with a triple golden crown.
The sword of the Murut headhunters of northern Borneo.
Of very good quality for this type of weapon.
With finely carved horn hilt, silver mounts and reshaped European blade.
Ornate Vietnamese guőm (
Also called klewang sasak by Indonesian collectors.
A large Kachin style square-ended dha in Shan style mountings.
Made of a single piece of ivory, with a kneeling figure in its base.
With rare pale buffalo horn hilt with gold alloy inlays.
With exceptionally wide blade, forged with a hardened leading edge.
With elaborate silver overlaid blade and inlaid iron hilt.
With less common wooden hilt and elaborately inlaid blade in brass, copper and silver.
From the Aceh region, described locally as peudeueng peusangan with a "hulu meu apet" or Indian styled basket hilt.
A rare Burmese weapon combining a percussion carbine with a short sword.
Plain when sheathed, unsheathing reveals a rather nice silver overlaid blade.
With staghorn grip finely carved with plum blossoms.
With the characteristic carved face hilt and the rarer "sarong seltoep" scabbard.
An earlier example with an iconographic hilt.
These ornate versions with hairpin forged blades were worn by local royalty.
Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
With triple tiered golden crown with enamel decor.
A signed and dated Burmese dha.
With a Parisian blade carrying the royal emblem of King Rama IV.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
With inscription that reads: Raja Pagaruyung or "ruler of Pagaruyung".
A magnificent example of a Vietnamese ceremonial saber, or guőm.