Art of Swords

Sword
/sôrd/
Noun
1. A weapon consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved, pointed blade having one or two cutting edges and set into a hilt.
2. An instrument of death or destruction.

Ivory hilted Moro Philippine Sword Barong or Bankung

Very rare and unusual form of Moro sword from the Southern Philippines. Clearly related to the typical barong sword, but with a much extended double-edged blade, and a most atypical pommel carved as a monsters head from a solid block of ivory, the upper jaw ending with carved leaves and flowers.

The grip with a ring of horn above a collar of silver with turned decoration to the ends, and a single bound ring of rattan/cane. The blade long and slender, of good quality steel and interestingly with both edges sharpened, a feature not common on Moro swords.

Complete with its original scabbard of rich coloured hardwood, with carved upper and lower section and bound with cane at intervals. 25 1/2 inches overall length, the blade just under 18 inches long.

Source & Copyright: Ashoka Arts 

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