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Fine 19th C. Indonesian Bali Dagger Wedung Ceremonial Knife

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Quite a fine and rare large example of a Balinese ceremonial dagger in the form of a wedung knife. This example has a finely carved grip that is either buffalo horn or wood, and displays a traditional Balinese Hindu creature at the pommel, and inlaid in brass at the forte of the heavy blade. The handle collar is silver, now heavily darkened. 

The blade is very sharp and well made with inlaid silver and brass decoration in the shape of swastikas, a traditional Balinese decorative motif introduced by Hindus.  The grip is missing one of the small round carved pegs.

Overall length is 21", blade is 14".

For reference see similar examples in van Zonneveld, A.G. Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago

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