Lombok Pedang Benkok
Indonesia, Lombok – 19th century
Materials: Iron, Silver, Nickel, Wood, Horn (Bubalus Bubalis)
The term ‘Pedang‘ is a general word for ‘sword’ and known among collectors as a typical example found on Sumatra, Java and Lombok. A very fine example of the latter, is listed here. The swords from Lombok are often confused with the swords from Sumatra, hence their similar stylized carved ‘Makara‘ hilts and silver adornments on the fittings. The blade seems mostly the indicator to define its origin. While Sumatran blades are often traditionally forged with complex ‘pamor‘ designs, the ones from Lombok tend to be mostly darker, differently shaped and have their ‘pamor‘ and decoration in a more Balinese style, for example smoothened blades with subtile ‘pamor‘ designs, often washed like a keris and sometimes inlayed with silver ‘banji‘ motifs.
Carved out of buffalo horn, in a very stylistic form, it depicts a ‘makara‘. The hilt was carved in deep, detailed floral motifs forming a complex design which is commonly seen in high quality swords from these regions. The hilt is covered with a brass ferrule, covered in ‘baitong‘. The hilt has no guard and the curve of the carved hilt provides a ferm grip.
The most interesting part of this sword, the blade which is in typical Lombok style showing Balinese influences. The blade is slightly curved, double edged and shows a fuller at the center ending in a medial ridge towards the tip. The blade is traditionally forged with a very fine high contrast ‘pamor‘. The ‘pamor‘ is caused by adding folded layers of nickel steel into a more high carbon steel based blade.
Condition: Excellent condition, a very well preserved blade with a fine traditional hilt and scabbard, both show some ware due to their age.
Blade thickness: 10mm
Blade length: 47cm
Total length: 67cm
Provenance: Dutch private collection
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