Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: The Aussie Bush
I wrote to Albert Van Z to see whether he may have had more information. Here is his kind reply:
The only (very concise) information I have about the 'Bankung' is, what is written on page 30 of 'Traditional Weapons ......', already quoted in your thread: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=20412
The drawing comes from 'Schröder, C.A., 1874, Ethnographische atlas bevattende afbeeldingen .....'
The accessory text from 'Matthes, B.F., 1874, Boegineesch-Hollandsch woordenboek ......' only says:
[hakmes (Dutch) means chopper]
That is all, I'm afraid.
From Albert's additional information, it seems bangkung
describes a "chopper." So I think the term is likely describing a heavy-bladed knife (with a belly?) designed for chopping.