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Old 20th June 2020, 10:21 PM   #1
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Question Help ID - Indonesia, ancestor figures?

Hello all,

I acquired this knife recently. I have an interest in ancestor figures on edged weapons and scabbards as design features with various degrees of symbolic importance.

I came upon this thread and perhaps it provides a clue: Tanimbar Moluccas, Indonesia?

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showt...hlight=Ancestor

These are the seller's pictures. After I clean it up a bit and work on that rust, I'll have new pictures to share.

Does anyone recognize this knife or design or can comment?

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Dave A.
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Old 20th June 2020, 10:23 PM   #2
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I believe it's Batak.
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Old 20th June 2020, 10:35 PM   #3
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Agreed, Rick. I was about to say the same.
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Old 20th June 2020, 11:32 PM   #4
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Default Piso Batak

Thanks very much. That it might be Batak was in the back of my head and was my first impression until I saw the other thread.

Superficially, the shape and carvings resemble the Batak Piso Gaja Dompak with the exception that no elephant is depicted on the hilt. So I suspected it was in that style, but of far lesser prestige than the kingly Piso Gaja Dompak.

Links below are to original; Google translate is a big help

Wikipedia article

Piso Gaja Dompak as royal pusaka

Comments? Any notions of age?
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Old 21st June 2020, 08:18 AM   #5
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Hello Dave,

It's a Toba Batak knife, see this threads:

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showt...ight=toba+batak
http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showt...ight=toba+batak
http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showt...ight=toba+batak

This one seems to have some age, please show pictures when you have cleaned the blade.

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