Mandau Sword Handle

Dayak Culture, Borneo, Indonesia

Late 19th - Early 20th C.

Deer Antler, Fiber, Pitch

5" L x 3.5" H

Provenance:  Ex. Frank Wiggers

Together with the delicate open work carving and the impeccably woven grip, this mandau handle is elegant and pleasing to the eye.  The Dayak have a talent for fine, intricate carving. Their designs are elaborate with curving clean lines, as evidenced by this piece.