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Hilt for a sword (mandau)

19th century-20th century


Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Other Titles
    Mandau and piso raout handles
    Sword (mandau) hilt
    Place where the work was made
    Kalimantan Borneo Indonesia
    Cultural origin
    Kenyah or Kayan
    19th century-20th century
    Media category
    Arms & armour
    Materials used
    deer horn and rattan
    13.5 x 8.0 x 2.6 cm
    Christopher Worrall Wilson Bequest 2010
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–06 Jan 2019

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

  • Provenance

    Christopher Wilson, pre Nov 1986-1996, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, probably puchased in Sarawak, Malaysia mid 1970s or1985. Appears in 'Southeast Asian tribal art', an unpublished text by Christopher Wilson, College of Fine Arts, Sydney, November 1986.

    Mariann Ford, 1996-Dec 2010, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, inherited from the estate of Christopher Wilson. Gift to the Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of the Christopher Worrall Wilson Bequest 2010.