018: 19th C. Philippines Side-Sword
27" long when closed this working weapon has a beveled blade that tapers lightly to its tip. From the Bagobo tribe of central Mindanao, this warriors sword (called a Barong and pictured on page 177 of the UCLA catalog) shows considerable careful sharpening and has a native-made hand-carved wooden scabbard (that has a crack to the wood possibly from being hit by another weapon, and the two sides of that scabbard are a bit loose - but unrepaired). Blade is sharp and dangerous if not handled carefully. The scabbard shown at UCLA is similar and the metal-studded, carved handle here shows the same technique seen on the sides of a musical instrument pictured in the catalog on page 165....along with a photo of some Bagobo musicians on the same page. Scarce so nice snf original.
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|Estimate||$675 – $900|