VIRTUAL COLLECTION OF ASIAN MASTERPIECES

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Sword in sheath
8742-II
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is one of the most interesting and unusual swords of our Indonesian collection. The handle of the blade is a genuine miniature sculptured composition executed with an unusual display of imagination and craftsmanship, which is particularly characteristic of the traditional arts of Indonesia.

History of the Object
The unusual spherical object at the upper part of the sword, is made from wooden "canines". Sometimes these were made from genuine canines and animal claws and served as amulets that protected the weapon’s owner. The sword’s handle was made in the form of a dragon’s (lasara) head with a wide-open jaw. This mythical animal embodied celestial and earthly essences, and therefore had the characteristic traits of two worlds: a snakelike body (symbol of the earth) and a scale on the nose, like on the hornbill (the symbol of the heaven). The ancestor is depicted on the dragon’s head holding onto it with his hands and legs, whose magical power gives a warrior additional strength and makes him invincible.

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Type
Weaponry 
Materials
Metal, woodCarving, forging 
Measurements
Length 61 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Indonesia, Nias 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century 
Function
Weaponry 
Acquisition
 
Copyright
The State Museum of Oriental Art 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The State Museum of Oriental Art 
Museum
The State Museum of Oriental Art 
Credit line
The State Museum of Oriental Art 
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