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Old 7th January 2011, 03:23 PM   #2
tom hyle
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Beautiful European-influenced piece from probably Luzon or Batangas. The necklace that loops down and joins onto the upper ferule is reminiscent of a feature sometimes seen on Malay kris sundangs from Mindinao.
Some research into the hair/head-dress might be fruitful.
Early 20th is my 2 cents on age. By Early 20th I mean pre-wwII, which seems in the PI, as in so much of the Earth, to be the most meaningful dividing point.
Note the handguard that is shaped like a stylized European renaissance sheild, such as a police badge.
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