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Traditional Indonesian Weaponry

Pedang Gatotkaca Sword from 19th Century Lombok/Bali

Pedang Gatotkaca Sword from 19th Century Lombok/Bali


Monday, April 1, 2013

The pedang Gatotkaca is made in the nineteenth century in Lombok/Bali, Indonesia. With a length of only thirty centimeters, this is a relatively short bladed sword. The blade of this pedang features the pamor Nyanak pattern. This pamor pattern is sometimes also called 'pamor Sanak'. Due to the low contrast, this pamor motif can not ...

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Mandau Dayak Headhunter's Sword

Mandau Dayak Headhunter’s Sword


Saturday, March 30, 2013

In ancient times, the indigenous population of Kalimantan – the Dayaks – were feared as notorious headhunters. The headhunting Dayaks executed their fearsome practices through using a traditional mandau sword. Throughout the centuries, this has caused the mandau to become inextricably linked to headhunting. However, due the decline of the Dayaks' ancient traditions in the early ...

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Tombak Banyak Angrem Spear from the Tangguh Kediri Era (10th-13th Century)

Tombak Banyak Angrem Spear from the Tangguh Kediri Era (10th-13th Century)


Monday, December 31, 2012

The 'Banyak Angrem' is an artistic dapur of a tombak spear. The shape of this type of tombak represents a goose incubating her egg. The asymmetric shape of the blade of this tombak is unique in the sense that most tombaks usually have a symmetric blade. Also, due to its unusual shape, the Banyak Angrem ...

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