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Traditional Indonesian Weaponry

Magical Mandau Head Hunter Dagger

Sorcerous Headhunting Mandau Dagger with Wild Pig’s Teeth, Hair, and Bone Ornaments


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Although the sinister practice of headhunting has been discontinued decades ago, the material culture of indigenous tribes continues to be valued by people in Indonesia today. Ancient Indonesian artefacts such as swords (pedang), daggers (keris), machetes (golok), and spears (tombak), attest to the cultural significance of traditional weaponry. The same holds true for the mandau; ...

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Antique Sumatran Badik Sewar Dagger to Stimulate Extraordinary Bravery, Masculinity and Warrior Mentality

Antique Sumatran Badik Sewar Dagger to Stimulate Extraordinary Bravery, Masculinity and Warrior Mentality


Thursday, August 27, 2015

The badik sewar is a traditional combat weapon from Sumatra, Indonesia. This type of badik looks similar to the traditional daggers used by the Bugis, Makassar and Mandar people of southern Sulawesi, Indonesia. Though the shape of the sewar's blade also has a lot in common with the Tumbuk Lada from the Riau Archipelago, located ...

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Keris Kebo Teki Luk 5 with Pamor Wos Wutah made in the Tangguh Tuban Era (14th Century CE)

Keris Kebo Teki Luk 5 with Pamor Wos Wutah made in the Tangguh Tuban Era (14th Century CE)


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The majority of traditional Javanese Kebo dapur keris models has a straight blade. There are, however, a few exceptions, like the Kebo Dendeng and Dengen variants, which both have five waves (luk). Although this keris does has a waved-blade, it is neither a Dendeng nor Dengen type of Kebo; it is, in fact, a Kebo ...

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Tombak Komando Cacing Kanil Luk 13 with Pamor Sanak – A Favorite Collector's Item among Military Commanders and Army Officials

Tombak Komando Cacing Kanil – A Favorite Collector’s Item among Military Commanders and Army Officials


Friday, January 24, 2014

This classical masterpiece of traditional Indonesian weaponry bears the shape of a Javanese tombak (spear). The old iron blade is forged into the Cacing Kanil model (dapur). This tombak dapur can be recognized by its twisted blade. The unique shape of the blade represents a squirming worm ('cacing'). Though conventional tombaks with this dapur usually ...

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Traditional Family Pusaka Heirloom Set of 2 Rencong Daggers from Aceh

Traditional Family Pusaka Heirloom Set of 2 Rencong Daggers from Aceh


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The two rencong daggers in this pusakaheirloom set are a perfect example of the rencongs made in the early twentieth century; one is made from high quality brass and has a traditional cugek hilt, whereas the other is made from high quality steel and has a sawed-off but finely polished pudoi hilt. The hilt (ulee ...

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Sundang Moro Sword with Pamor Ganggeng Kanyut for Success in Social Relationships and Good Fortune

Sundang Moro Sword with Pamor Ganggeng Kanyut for Success in Social Relationships and Good Fortune


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Sundang Moro is traditional sword from the Sulu Archipelago in the south-west Philippines. It is suggested, that the historical origins of the sundang lie in the fifteenth century, in the time when the southern Philippines were incorporated into the Majapahit empire. It is therefore not surprising that this type of pedang ('sword') looks very similar ...

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