INDONESIAN ACEH WARRIOR SIKIM PANJANG KLEWANG SWORD

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 15,2011
  • Channel: Online Auction

Klewang

The klewang is a traditional straight bladed, single-edged machete-style sword from Indonesia. In size, weight and shape it is halfway between the golok and the kampilan. The style and shape of the klewang differs between the various cultures of Indonesia, Malaysia and the Phillippines. During the Aceh War (1873-1901) the Acehnese klewangs proved very effective in close quarters combat with Dutch troops, so much that the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (Koninklijk Nederlands Indisch Leger; KNIL) had to adopt a heavy cutlass, also called klewang, to counter it. Mobile troops armed with carbines and dutch issued klewangs finally succeeded in suppressing Aceh resistance where traditional infantry with rifle and bayonet had failed.

One type of Klewang, the Sikim Panjang is very popular and was one of the preferred weapons among the Aceh Sumatran warriors. It carries a straight sigle-edged blade. Both, the edge (mata) and the spine (rueng) run parallel until the edge abruptly tapers backwards on its last 2 to 3 inches to meet the straight spine at the tip. The sikim usually shows a shallow groove(kuro) running parallel to the blade's ridge, along its two proximal thirds. Characteristically in this type of klewang, the blade is fitted into a buffalo horn hilt with forked pommel, representing a open-mouthed animal or deity beast (Naga Serpent). The hilt is brazing the blade's tang by way of a steel or brass ferrule ring in the shape of petalled flower open towards the blade. The scabbards are usually made of two pieces of wood, held together by means of wooven plaited rattan or metallic bands being used on the more lavishly manufactured, silver and ivory binding rings. The scabbard mouth piece is usually protruding, as a belt stopper made of pecious wood, metal, ivory, etc, and is highly sculpted and decorated with dissimile motifs, depending on the esoteric meaning of these swords to the bearer.

INDONESIAN ACEH WARRIOR SIKIM PANJANG KLEWANG

It is not our intention to enter into the connosseur's field by attempting to accurately classify this item nor to create a debate about it on this pages. We as prophanes will only present it to this auction by exposing its mere physical atributes.

Our Klewang is a authentic piece from the late 1800 to early 1900. Is exquisitely made and preserved, making it a great collection piece. The This magnificent symbolic piece is certain to remain a cherished highlight in any collection. T his is a no reserve auction for a very nice antique Klewang Sword used by the Sumatran Aceh Warriors of Indonesia and it is in excellent condition. The hand forged steel blade is single-edged and slightly curved at the tip. The blade is still nice and clean with no rust and small pitting spots due to age. It hasn't been buffed or restored and is a fine example of this desirable weapon. The horn grip has the very deep forked pommel common to the Klewang highly decorated with engraved sculpture showing geometric and floral designs. The hilt is also in fine condition with light wear, no splits or serious damage and a fine, smooth patina. The scabbard is made of wood and has nice carved hardwood throat with welded brass bands. Overall condition is excellent.

Approximate dimensions:

Overall sheathed length: 30 1/2" Sword total length: 29 1/4" Blade : 23-1/4" length X 1-5/8" at ricasso . Blade Material: hard carbon steel . Hilt : 5-3/4"L X 1-1/2" at the handle and little over 2-3/4" at the pommel . Scabbard: Polished s olid hardwood 24-3/4"L x 1-6/8" W right below the protruded throat and 1-1/2"W at the tip. The sculpted hardwood throat is 5-1/2" x 1-3/4" at the widest tip x 1-1/4" at the thinnest.

THIS SWORD IS USED BUT SHOWS LITTLE TO NONE DAMAGE OR BLEMISHES. IT HAS BEEN DISPLAYED ON OUR WALLS FOR QUITE A WHILE AND RECEIVED NO MISTREATMENT IN COMBAT, REAL NOR SIMMULATED. SOME PITTING SPOTS ON THE STEEL BLADE AND AGE PATINA. THE WOOD HAS SOME MINOR SCRATCHES AND SOME DISCLORATION AREAS. THERE IS A DISTRESS HAIRLINE CRACK ON ONE...

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