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.
RTC No: AS0071
Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011

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

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