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Silver-Mounted Klewang
South Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century

length: 30cm, weight: 158g

This relatively unusual klewang or machete-like knife has an iron elongated-triangular blade and a hilt or handle that is encased in repoussed and chased
sheet silver.

The top of the blade is also encased with a narrow decorated silver sheet and then further inset with small segments of silver (minor losses).

A related example is illustrated in van Zonneveld (2001, p. 70).

The example here is in fine condition.

References:
van Zonneveld, A., Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago, C. Zwartenkot Art Books, 2001.

Provenance:  UK art market

Inventory no.: 3243

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