Rare Sword from Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia - 8847

We offer for sale this rare sword coming from Toraja (The central mountainous region of Sulawesi). It is locally called: Dua Lalan meaning dual purpose, to describe its use, both for war time and for ceremonial slaughtering of Buffalo. It has a 20 inches blade, well forged, a black wood handle with fine carving and wood scabbard bound with rattan. Total length 28 inches. Very good condition, well patinated blade. Similar swords can be seen inAlbert G. Van Zonneveld, Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago , Page 43. Very low price.