Hilt of a Sword

Batak, Sumatra, Indonesia
Early 20th Century
Provenance: Private Japanese Collection

Brass cast hilts enhances the strength of Batak swords. This example exhibits a seated ancestor figure with spirited features. Representing a stately male ancestor, the figure is portrayed in a crouched position with its hands clasped around its knees. Although the figure carries a sweet expression with downcast eyes and spiraled ears, he represents a protective and talismanic value. The figure wears a headdress that curls up at the back of the neck, an object which would have been worn by Batak men. The bottom of the hilt flares outwards, where the blade would have been connected.

Height: 4 in.
IN 11-5-15 / SOLD