Rare Antique Nias Balato Sword & Scabbard, Indonesia
Origin: Indonesian, Nias Island (West of Sumatra) Provenance: Bill Sutterfield, Nevada
Period: Late 19th C.- Early 20th C.
Materials: Wood, steel, brass, rattan, Crocodile Teeth
Description: This classic sword is presented on a custom display stand. Its complex hilt features the carving is a "lasara", which is a mythical creature linked to the god of death and darkness. Its original scabbard retains its woven rattan ball with attached Crocodile Teeth.
It shows long used and has acquired a rich patina. In good condition. Some wire was added to secure some of the teeth.
Dimensions: overall Length 27” (68.5 cm), Width 5.5” (14 cm)