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Rare & Elaborate Silver-Clad Taribong Sword Hilt
Panay Bukidnon People, central Panay Island, Visayan Islands, Philippines
early 20th century

height: 25cm

Not only is this sword hilt relatively rare in that it is from the Panay Bukidnon people of central Panay Island in the Visayan group in the Philippines, it is also a
fine example.  Modelled as a mythical
naga-type creature, it has an unusually long, curved shout which is intact and not shortened as other extant examples
sometimes are.

The hilt itself has a base of wood and is clad in silver sheet that has been punched and chased with designs. Various spherical protuberances such as those
that denote eyes, ears and the headdress have been fashioned by hammering United States silver coins into shape. Some have their year dates still visible -
1909, 1916 and 1919.

The hilt has good wear and patina from age and use. It is a splendid item - rare and sculptural. It stands upright, unaided. There are minor losses to the silver
sheet edge around the base only. Otherwise, it is in excellent condition and showing pleasing wear.

References:
Fernando-Amilbangsa, L.,
Visual Arts of the Sulu Archipelago, Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2005.

Provenance: private collection, UK

Inventory no.: 5051 SOLD

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