Pedang Sword with Horn Hilt & Silver Alloy Mounts
Sumatra or Java, Indonesia
This pedang sword has a finely damascened iron, slightly curved, single-edged blade. The hilt, of stylised zoomorphic form, is of carved horn. The scabbard is of rosewood with silver alloy mounts.
Swords such as this were made and worn by Islamic Malay men in the Palembang region of south Sumatra. Similar swords also are found on Java.
This example is in a fine condition consistent with its age. A small hole has been drilled through the lower section of the hilt probably to allow tassels to be suspended from the hilt in European style.
pedang sword of similar form and with a similar zoomorphic hilt which formerly belonged to the Sultan of Palembang is illustrated in Brinkgreve & Sulistianingsih, 2009, p. 151. A related example also is illustrated in Caravana (2010, p. 193.)
Brinkgreve F, & R. Sulistianingsih (eds), Sumatra: Crossroads of Cultures, KITLV Press, 2009.
et al, Rites of Power: Oriental Weapons: Collection of Jorge Caravana, Caleidoscopio, 2010.
Inventory no.: 1518