**First Time At Auction**
Southeast Asia, Indonesia, probably Java, ca. late 19th to early 20th century CE. A remarkable piece of ceremonial weaponry featuring a finely carved wooden handle in the form of a standing demon or deity upon a silver pedestal. The figure appears to be a transformational type being with round bulging eyes, a pronounced snout, and an open mouth bearing sharp fangs, wearing an intricately carved patterned garment, bracelets, armlets, and an elaborate coiffure. The Damascus steel blade presents marvelous mottled patterns akin to flowing eddies of water and is skillfully cut to create that mesmerizing silhouette. Finally, the sheath is made of bovine horn with decorative silver appliques. Size: 13.875" L x 2.625" W (35.2 cm x 6.7 cm) in sheath
Provenance: private Haig collection, Michigan, USA
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