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Old 26th December 2012, 06:18 PM   #1
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Default A Very Interesting and Artistic Piso Podang

Here is a rather unique Piso Podang, likely from Sumatra. It is a rather small sword at just 29.5in. overall, with a 24in. blade that is of very thin and flexible pamor steel, and is only 1 inch wide at its widest. The blade's pattern can be seen as it has been gently rubbed and the patina now shadows the pattern.

The most impressive aspect of the sword is its lovely hilt of finely worked silver(not white metal, or 'German silver') in great detail which is rather unusual for a piso podang. The pommel bulb is empty with no central stem as often seen on brass hilts.

One has to think this is certainly a status piece as it has very little combat value.

The scabbard is new.

Thoughts and comments are welcomed.
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Old 26th December 2012, 09:21 PM   #2
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A very unusual and nice find!
Both the hilt AND that the blade has pamor is very unusual.
However, I don't think it is a piso podang but a chenangkas, because the blade is straight.
Could it be Javanese (which I haven't seen before)?

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Old 26th December 2012, 09:36 PM   #3
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Love the chasing and casting work on that silver hilt.
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Old 27th December 2012, 12:47 AM   #4
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Yes VVV, you are right, more correctly this should be called a chenangkas. I was simply using the hilt form to categorize it. Javanese???....when we are talking about such an oddball...who knows??!! It is certainly possible.
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