Alamang Sword from Sulawesi

Photo Courtesy of Oriental Arms

Code IN78

This is an extremely rare Alamang (Allamang, Sonri) sword of the Bugis and Makassar people in S. Sulawesi, Indonesia. The Makassar term for this sword is Sonri. The quality of this sword is exceptional.

The blade is laminated and twisted during forging to form a distinctive zig-zag pattern that is easily visible in the pamor of the steel. The blade is 21 inches long.

The hilt is of beautifully aged dark hardwood. The shape is not named. It resembles an animal hoof (tapa guda) but is split and highly angular. Rattan wrappings secure the mounting of the blade to this hilt. 

The total length is 30 inches.