A Dayak Parang Ilang
The mandau, also known as ‘Parang Ilang’ is one of the most iconic weapons of the Dayak from Kalimantan, Borneo.
This example is typical Southern Dayak, the blade suggest the owner was of quite some importance.
Materials: Bone, Steel, Brass, Wood, Goathair, Rattan
A very nice old Kayan Mandau from Kalimantan, Borneo dating from the late 19th to the early 20th century.
Mandau swords were used for headhunting, but also as machete in the jungle.
The mandau swords vary in style, but usually have a blade that is concave on the right and flat on the left, when the owner is left-handed it’s mirrored.
The blade of this example is very thick and heavy, also called ‘Mandau Pasir’.
The forte is decorated with ‘Mata Kalong’ which is the decoration with four mirrored ‘s-shapes’ followed by brass inlay stars running down the blade on the concave side. The flat side has a small square shaped ridge probably to harden the spine. Note the brass inlayed stars which are usually simple brass dots.
Made of deer bone with ‘dragon’ facial carving decorated with goat hair, brass wired handle and lower part of the hilt is finished with traditional ‘Damar’, a type of sticky resin moulded around the base of the hilt. Above the dragon face is a ”Orangutan” face visable.
The scabbard is made of two sheets of wood, held together with three typical rattan knots. A piece of dried skin is attached to the side.
Condition: Excellent condition, fierce thick blade. The scabbard has a very small restore.
Copyright by Peter Andeweg – 2020
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