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Maranao Sword, Kampilan
E-Mar-487
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The object is a single-edged, bicuspid metal blade with an ornate handle made of gold and ivory. Strands of horse hair hang at the bottom end of the handle. This one of the few kampilan that survived at the turn of the century. It was probably owned by a royal person who commissioned a craftsman to create such a weapon with a blade made from a high-grade steel and a handle ornamented with ivory, handcrafted gold, and horse hair. The handle, carved from ivory, is in the form of the head of the naga or a serpent.

History of the Object
It was collected before World War II (before 1940) and turned over to the National Museum on October 30, 1991. At present, the object is on dislay at Kinahinatnan Gallery, Museum of the Filipino People.
Type
Weaponry 
Materials
Steel, ivory, gold, horse hair 
Measurements
Length 102.0 cm  
Creator name
Maranao 
Creator date
Beginning of the 20th century 
Where it was made
Philippines; Mindanao; Lanao del Sur; Maranao Culture 
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century (beginning) 
Function
Multi-purpose weapon 
Acquisition
It was collected before World War II (before 1940) and entered into the National Museum collection on October 30, 1991. At present, the object is on display in Kinahinatnan Gallery, Museum of the Filipino People. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum 
Museum
National Museum of the Philippines 
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