H: 117 cm
Estimated age: End of 19th century or early 20th
Provenance: Austrian Private Coll.
Estimate: € 2.000 – 3.000
A typical sword from the island of Nias, south-west of Sumatra.
The hilt ring is made of cast brass. With encircling linear and circular decorations. The grip itself displays a mythical beast characteristic for the art and culture of the island of Nias, called a ‘lasara’.
The bivalve sheath consists of dark, reddish-brown wood. The two halves are attached by 29 bands of braided, narrow rattan-strips. Good usage patina. One small original repair on the ‘lasara head’ (horn supplemented), otherwise no age damage.