A 'Si Tumang' hilted Pedang sword
Sumatra, Indonesia- 19th century
Materials: Wood, silver, human hair, steel
An interesting old ‘pedang‘ from Sumatra with fine patinated hilt in the shape of a ‘Si Tumang‘, a dog deity presented in Sundanese mythology. However, most of these hilts were seen on Java, this particular example originates from Sumatra. The possibility to re-ensemble the sword is rather interesting and shows us how this sword was manufactured. The blade was traditionally forged with a lamination pattern and held in the hilt with a wooden peg. The hilt was decorated with a tuft of real human hair, a tradition often seen on Kalimantan and Sulawesi, but very sporadic on Sumatra.
The thick spine and weight of the blade indicate functional use. The ‘Si Tumang‘ hilts are usually awarded to high ranked warriors which have proven themselves in battle. The blade has a small curve, is single edged and consists of layered steel which is locally forged.
Consisting of two wooden sheets, well patinated and mounted in a silver ferrule and band. The locket is unfortunately missing, and the scabbard has some old damage.
Condition: Good, minor pitting, hilt ferrule restored with antique casted wax. All parts original including tuft of hair. low grade silver locket missing. Further a fine and genuine piece.
Blade spine thickness: 9mm
Blade length: 52.3cm
Scabbard length: 54cm
Total length: 68.8cm
Provenance: Dutch private collection
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