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Klewang Tusuk Sumatra Wos Utah 0820.
Klewang Tusuk Sumatra Wos Utah 0820 - Another rare example of a long stabbing sword called the klewang tusuk from the southern Sumatran regions. Finely carved handle form, said to depict the makara (a combination of an elephant, dragon and fish), is made from buffalo horn and is encased at the grip and base with finely repoussed silver. The wooden sheath is made from well selected flashing grained woods, having repoussed silver alloy, or alpaka, bands and bottom tip.
Long and very sturdy blade with a slightly bent profile, (most klewangs are saber like) having the top half of the blade bending downwards, and is double sharp edge with a pointy tip.
Pamor patterns are arranged in the mlumah technique of the wos utah or scattered rice variations, which is said to enhance the owner's material well being.
Condition: Very good condition.
Age: Krises and other edge weapons from the region are traditionally made without any date stampings or engravings of the makers' name. Although a kris smith or "empu" has his own styles configured together with the dapor and especially the ganjar (cross piece). Obvious age wear and tear, usage, familiarity with forms, motifs and designs, origin and history, mediums and materials used are our guidelines in determining an approximate age. This particular piece, from our experience and knowledge, should go back to the late 19th century.
Length of blade: 21.5". Overall length: 28".
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