PHILIPPINES 19th CENTURY IRON PANABAS SWORD WITH A CARVED HANDLE
PHILIPPINES 19th CENTURY IRON PANABAS SWORD WITH A CARVED HANDLE
PHILIPPINES 19th CENTURY IRON PANABAS SWORD WITH A CARVED HANDLE
PHILIPPINES 19th CENTURY IRON PANABAS SWORD WITH A CARVED HANDLE
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PHILIPPINES 19th CENTURY IRON PANABAS SWORD WITH A CARVED HANDLE

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BEAUTYFUL PANABAS SHORT SWORD FROM THE PHILIPPINES. A RARE EARLY 18th-19th CENTURY PANABAS SWORD FROM THE MINDANAOMALABANG AND MORO CULTURE PEOPLES IN LANAO DEL SUR, SOUTHERN PART OF THE PHILIPPINES ISLANDS.

COMPOSED BY A MEDIUM IRON BLADE AND A HAND CARVED HARDWOOD HANDLE, DECORATED WITH TRIBAL PATTERNS. THE WOOD HANDLE IS ATTACHED AND EMBELLISHED WITH EMBROIDERS OF BAMBOO WOOD AND RATTAN CANE.

THE PANABAS, ALSO KNOW AS NAWI, IS A LARGE, FORWARD-CURVED SWORD OR BATTLE AX USED BY CERTAIN ETHNIC GROUPS IN THE SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES ISLANDS. IT CAN RANGE IN SIZE FROM 24 TO 48 INCHES AND CAN BE HELD WITH ONE OR BOTH HANDS, DELIVERING A DEEP, MEAT CLEVER-LIKE CUT. IN ITS HEYDAY, IT WAS USED AS A COMBAT WEAPON, AS AN EXECUTION OR MUTILATION TOOL, AND AS A DISPLAY OF POWER. OCCASIONAL USE AS AN AGRICULTURAL AND BUTCHERING TOOL HAS ALSO BEEN NOTED. BUT THIS SPECIFIC SHAPED TYPE OF SWORD HAS A NOTORIOUS REPUTATION AS IT WAS USUALLY USED FOR BEHEADING.

THE SWORD'S NAME IS A SHORTENING OF THE WORD PANG-TABAS, WHICH MEANS "CHOPPING TOOL". AS SUCH, ITS ETYMOLOGICAL ORIGINS ARE THE ROOT WORD TABAS "TO CHOP OFF" AND THE PREFIX PANG, "USED FOR".

THIS PIECE SHOW A BEAUTIFUL AGED PATINA FOR THE EXTENSIVELY USE AND THE BLADE SHOW TWO TINY INCISIONS MARKS AT THE END WITH SOME RUST.

HAVE A LONG MEASURES OF 24.5 Inches AND 4.5 Inches AT THE WIDEST POINT.

INVENTORY REF: D0000SENH/.1111


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