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Old 1st April 2006, 07:37 PM   #80
Ian
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Cool Palawan bolo (Tagbanua people)

Here is a recent acquisition that comes from the Tagbanua people of central Palawan. It has several features that resemble Moro weapons -- notably, the shape of the hilt and scabbard, and okir engravings on each. I have not been able to determine if the Tagbanua are a tribal group of Muslims or if they simply copy the weapons style of the Palawano or other Moro groups.

In any case, this bolo bears a striking resemblance to a bangkung.

OAL in scabbard = 21 in.
Length of blade = 14.75 in.
Length of hilt = 5 in.
Thickness of blade just in front of hilt = 3/16 in.

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