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Old 30th October 2021, 06:12 PM   #1
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Default A Nice Bicol Minasbad With Unique Carving on the Scabbard

Here is a fine and rather rare example of a minasbad sword from Bicol in the N. Philippines. It is one of the best examples I have seen and dates to the late 19th-early 20th Century. The sword still maintains its full thin textile waistbelt. The most curious thing about it is the carving of a Star of David and half sunrise on the scabbard. I am not aware of the Star of David having much of an impact on Filipino history or culture, although, I do know that one can be found over the main gate at Fort Santiago in Manila.

Does anyone know the significance of this carving?

There have been some suggestions that it looks to be a Freemason symbol.


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Overall length: 27.75in./70.5cm.
Blade length: 19.25in./49cm. W
Widest point of the blade: 2in./5cm.
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Old 30th October 2021, 07:36 PM   #2
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The short lived 1st Philippine Republic 1899-19001 used a symbol of a rayed sun in a triangle with a star above at the point. Their sun had 8 rays and the stars were pentagonal, but one could allow for artistic license. What's under the red cloth strap?
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Old 31st October 2021, 11:58 AM   #3
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Very nice Charles!
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Old 1st November 2021, 07:01 PM   #4
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I think Wayne is correct, it could very well be a Katipunan symbol, compare!
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Well, the sun in the triangle used by the 1st Philippine Republic was always a full sun in the triangle, wasn't it? Not a partial sun on the horizon. And it os generally surrounded by 5-pointed stars, not a six-pointed star. So i am not convinced that is the intended significance here.
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Well, the sun in the triangle used by the 1st Philippine Republic was always a full sun in the triangle, wasn't it? Not a partial sun on the horizon. And it os generally surrounded by 5-pointed stars, not a six-pointed star. So i am not convinced that is the intended significance here.
Agreed. I don't believe it's a Katipunan symbol either. But it's a significant symbol for PH culture just the same. It could be the standard for one of the cults that proliferated late 1800s / early 1900s.
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I agree Xasterix. This might be one of the many Katipunan cults or independence groups at that time in the Philippines.
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