Antique Filipino Moro Islamic Sword Kampilan 19th century
Antique 19th century Filipino Mindanao -Moro Islamic large Sword Kampilan. It comprises long and very sharp single-edged finely hand forged Damascus steel blade, with a visible watered pattern widening toward its tip elaborately shaped with terminal spikes and pierced with holes. A hard wood hilt with a cross-guard and forked pommel in the form of the stylized open crocodile’s jaws carved with traditional Okir motifs the grip bound with rattan strips.
The kampilan is a weapon mostly used by the Muslim Maguindanao people on Mindanao island.
Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago” Albert G. Van Zonneveld
A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times” by George Cameron Stone
Barados, D., Land of the Morning: Treasures of the Philippines, San Francisco Craft & Folk Museum, by D.Barados
The People and Art of the Philippines, UCLA Museum of Cultural History by G.Casal
CONDITION: The sword is in good condition considering its age of over 100 years
Overall length: 100 cm (39.37 inches)
Blade length: 73.5 cm (28 15⁄16 inches)