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Posted by FMA Admin on June 21, 2013

Visayan Sundang


Turn of 20th century


Unknown origin. This specific sword doesn't seem to fit in any category. the handle is made out of carabao horn, with silver beads for eyes. It appears to be in the shape of a snake. Even the d-guard is fashioned with a snake like tip. The blade is of typical Visayan style with its bevelled edge. The blade is heavily etched with what appears to be vines. Close to the tip is a Christian symbol, reminscent of the Jesuit Order monogram. Could have belonged to a Christian cult (Pulahans, Puti-ans) that was prevalent especially in the Samar/Leyte/Bohol area at the turn of the 20th century. Scabbard is made out of Kamagong, with excellent wide silver bands etched with floral designs.

Overall Length: 

56.2 cm

Blade Length: 

44.4 cm

Handle Length: 

11.7 cm

Scabbard Length: 

47.0 cm