A fascinating mandau with many rare features.
One clownesk face looking backwards while the back seems to be a fish.
Many tiny faces are watching from different positions on the hilt.
The blade is rare and has a laminated structure. This is sometimes wrongly ( IMO)
called "Mantikei."( Mantikei is actually a river where a high quality ore was found.)
Note also the rare bicolor " Mata Kalong" on the beginning of the blade.
The wooden scabbard is simple with rattan knots in the old style and a very fine plaited waistband , the sideknife scabbard with lots of beads.
The sideknife is very nice with a human face , back curled legs etc.
South Borneo , before 1900.
Size total: 67 cm.
Blade : 49,5 cm.