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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Batak
Title:Sheath
Type:Armament; Fishing/Trapping/Hunting
Place Made:Asia; Indonesia; Sumatra; Karo Regency; Berastagi
Measurements:overall: 24 in; 60.96 cm
Accession Number:  MH SK L.A.2.14
Credit Line:Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, Mount Holyoke College

Description:
What appears to be a sheath for a short scimiter, except that the hilt is just a plug for the open end, with no evidence of any blade. From Brastagi, northern Sumatra; collected 1938. Made of soft pine, stained black. The plug is surmounted by a hand carved figure of a man on horseback, with real hair glued and wired on. The sheath terminates in two seated figurines, one atop the other, the upper one with a long "cardinal's" hat. One side is decorated with very crude scratched geometrical figures. A dirty twisted red white and blue cord is attached for hanging up the sheath.

Tags:
sheaths

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