The mandau is a traditional weapon of Dayak people of Borneo. Sometimes it is also known as parang. Often associated with the head hunting ceremony where people would gather to attack other tribes and gather heads to be used in various festivities. Mandau is both a work of art in itself and a formidable weapon. The blade is mostly made of tempered metals with exquisite vine works and inlaid brass. The hilt is made from animal horn such as deer horns although some variations with human bones and fragment wood have been found. Both the hilt and scabbard are elaborately carved and plumed, details of carvings from tribe to tribe, but mostly depict creatures. This one has 28 deer teeth, 5 holes are hammered in the top of the blade that have some significance. There are three pockets filled with either brass or gold in the blade. There's a small scabbard to the side for a secondary blade that is missing.
PERIOD: Last half 19th Century
SIZE: 28"L x 2"W