A Fine Battak Sword From Sumatra - 8577

A rare find: A complete authentic sword of the karo Batak people from Sumatra, also known as Piso Halasan . Heavy blade, 19 1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch thick at its base. Most probably of laminated steel. Deer horn handle with brass fittings and brass covered scabbard with up-rising tip. The scabbard is nicely decorated with unusal design. Total length length 30 inches. Very good condition. A rare sword. For a similar one see: A. Sibeth, THE BATAK, Peoples of the island of Sumatra page 163