A fascinating and rare Sumatran sword Alamang
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A fascinating and rare Sumatran sword Alamang, 18th or early 19th century. The straight single edged blade has a pattern welded back edge. The flattened rhino horn hilt is in the form of a silhouete of the head of the Sumatran Rhino (Dicerorhinus Sumatrensis), woven bamboo grip. In its wooden scabbard partly bound with bamboo and woven cord, with horn tip.
Blade length 19¼" (49cms) Overall length including scabbard 26¾" (68cms)
see A.G van Zonneveld "Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago" Leiden 2001 pp 21-22, where he ascribes the Alamang to Sulawesi and Java. However this hilt clearly shows a two horned rhino and the Sumatran rhino seems to be the only local candidate.