Name Asian

Sword

Artist: Unknown

Culture/People: Mamasa Torajan

Place: South Sulawsi Island

Media: Wood, metal, rattan, horn

Dims: 27 x 2.5 in.

Date: Early 20th C.

Description: The ambiguity that shrouds the Torajan sword fascinates me. I wonder if this sword was used for hunting or for defending from other tribes or peoples. I love that this sword survived, even when it wasn’t dripping in gold or jewels. It was kept, cherished, and used. —Roan Mulholland, Hands-On Student Curator, 2018

RTC No: AS0071

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