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kampilon (sword) with scabbard
  • Maranao peoples
  • kampilon (sword) with scabbard, late 1800s–1891
  • Where object was made: Lanao del Sur, Philippines
  • wood, metal, plant fiber, carving, braiding
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: a 99 x 5 x 14.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: a 39 x 1 15/16 x 5 11/16 in
    Object Length/Width: b,c 76 x 5.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: b,c 29 7/8 x 2 1/8 in
  • Gift of Charles K. Warriner
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3564.a,b,c

The sword (2007.3564.a) has a carved wooden handle and metal blade. The handle is angular, the pommel wrapped with braided plant fiber. The guard and end of the handle are decorated with leaf-like designs and there is a rope-like design on the handle as well. There is a wire strip on the guard. The blade has two scallops at the end and has small dots along the edge on the end.

The wooden scabbard is made of two pieces (2007.3564.b,c), one for either side of the blade. It is tied on, so they would fall off with the first blow of the sword. It is undecorated.