Rare Sword from Toraja, Sulawesi (Celebes), Indonesia - 6397

We offer for sale this very 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 an 18 inches heavy blade, pamor forged, a black horn handle and wood scabbard bound with rattan. Total length 25 inches. Very good condition, some minor damage to the rattan binding of the handle. Similar swords can be seen inAlbert G. Van Zonneveld, Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago , Page 43. An excellent and rare sword.