A cross-cultural Parang Nabur
Some pieces are interesting because they are the result of different cultures colliding, such as happend on this sword. The Chinese traveled to Indonesia for trade and to start provision establishments for the Dutch colonial occupiers during the 19th and 20th century. Most likely is this sword was commissioned by a Chinese man to protect himself and had his sword locally made. 19th century
Materials: Buffalo Horn,Steel,Leather
A quite unusual Parang Nabur with Chinese influence. The outlines are common for the Parang Nabur from Borneo, but the blade is slightly less curved and in Southern Chinese style. The forte of the blade is made of three revited forged steel sheets ending in a wide thin blade. The blade is light and flexible and single edged. Forging pattern is well visable on the blade. The knuckleguard is made of one piece with a typical Parang Nabur thumbrest and screw-wired pommel. The handle is made of horn and carved more for show then for actual grip.
The sword comes with the original leather scabbard imprinted with flowers surrounded by cartouches.
Condition: Good, minimal ware due to age, the scabbard tip is missing.
Total length: 61cm
Copyright by Peter Andeweg – 2020
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