Very Good Sword of the Battak - Sumatra - 9654
One of the rarest form of swords from Sumatra is this sword of the Toba Batak people, also known as Piso Gading. The single edge heavy blade is 18 inches long. The fluted handle is cut from a massive piece of elephant ivory. Wood scabbard bound with silver bands. Very good condition. Very good age patina of good deep color on the ivory handle. Few patches of pitted areas on the blade. Minor cracks in the scabbard. For a similar swords see also: Albert G. Van Zonneveld Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago Fig 421 P. 107, and Achim Sibeth The Batak- Peoples of the Island of Sumatra Fig 212 P. 163. A rare sword.