Rare & Elaborate Wooden Taribong Sword Hilt
Panay Bukidnon People, central Panay Island, Visayan Islands, Philippines
early 20th century
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 an excellent example. Modelled as a mythical naga-type creature, it has an unusually long, curved shout which is intact and not shortened, chipped or broken as other extant examples sometimes are.
The hilt has a faceted grip, and is carved with bands and fields of Islamic-inspired vegetal motifs.
The hilt has good colour and patina from age and use. It is a fine item – rare and sculptural. It stands upright, unaided. There are no losses and no repairs.
Fernando-Amilbangsa, L., Visual Arts of the Sulu Archipelago, Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2005.
private collection, UK
Inventory no.: 4392