A unique and very old mandau with antler carved hilt in a flamboyant floral style inspired by Malay motifs. On top the leaf motif as found often on other swords from Banjarmasin area.
The front of the handle with two faces , on the lower a Garuda like head and in the upper a
" boxer" dogshead. The rattan grip with old style plait work.
Very thick blade ,probably of Chinese origin with fine laminations.
The wooden scabbard of a special design with "carved on" rattan stick
and battlement motif in high relief.
The patina allover is great.
Dayak (or Bekompai ) south Borneo.
First half 19th Century.
Size total: 70,5 cm.
Blade : 52 cm
Thickness blade : 1 cm.
€ 1350 ,- HOLD