A 'Si Tumang' hilted Pedang sword

500.00

Sumatra, Indonesia- 19th century

Materials: Wood, silver, human hair, steel

Status: Available

500.00

Description

A Sumatran 'Pedang' with 'Si-Tumang' hilt, 19th centuryAn 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.

A Sumatran 'Pedang' with 'Si-Tumang' hilt, 19th century
The ‘Pedang‘ taken apart. Note the tang with peg to hold the blade in place.

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.
A Sumatran 'Pedang' with 'Si-Tumang' hilt, 19th century A Sumatran 'Pedang' with 'Si-Tumang' hilt, 19th centuryThe scabbard:
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.
A Sumatran 'Pedang' with 'Si-Tumang' hilt, 19th century A Sumatran 'Pedang' with 'Si-Tumang' hilt, 19th century

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.

Dimensions:
Hilt: 14.5cm
Blade spine thickness: 9mm
Blade length: 52.3cm
Scabbard length: 54cm
Total length: 68.8cm

Provenance: Dutch private collection
A Sumatran 'Pedang' with 'Si-Tumang' hilt, 19th century A Sumatran 'Pedang' with 'Si-Tumang' hilt, 19th century

A Sumatran 'Pedang' with 'Si-Tumang' hilt, 19th century A Sumatran 'Pedang' with 'Si-Tumang' hilt, 19th century
A Sumatran 'Pedang' with 'Si-Tumang' hilt, 19th century A Sumatran 'Pedang' with 'Si-Tumang' hilt, 19th century A Sumatran 'Pedang' with 'Si-Tumang' hilt, 19th century A Sumatran 'Pedang' with 'Si-Tumang' hilt, 19th centuryA Sumatran 'Pedang' with 'Si-Tumang' hilt, 19th century A Sumatran 'Pedang' with 'Si-Tumang' hilt, 19th century A Sumatran 'Pedang' with 'Si-Tumang' hilt, 19th century A Sumatran 'Pedang' with 'Si-Tumang' hilt, 19th centuryA Sumatran 'Pedang' with 'Si-Tumang' hilt, 19th century A Sumatran 'Pedang' with 'Si-Tumang' hilt, 19th century A Sumatran 'Pedang' with 'Si-Tumang' hilt, 19th century
A Sumatran 'Pedang' with 'Si-Tumang' hilt, 19th century

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