Handle from a Mandau Sword
Iban, Dayak, Borneo, Indonesia
Early 20th Century, Deer Antler

The Dayak, known for their delicate and intricate carving abilities, produced these detailed sword handles out of deer antler. The decoration on this example is exquisite. The skull like human face with open mouth and carved teeth and the stylized limbs are both animalistic and powerful in nature. Other symbolic decoration is found surrounding the handle, each carrying a symbolic meaning. The hilt is bound with a woven rattan fiber.

Length: 5.5 inches
IN 10-4-16 / Price on Request


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