19C Borneo / Sabah Dyak / Batak Piso Padang
/ Podang Sword, For Sale
In very good overall condition, a quality 19th Century North Borneo
/ Sabah Dyak / Batak Piso Padang / Podang Sword with Garuda hilt.
The Batak are a subset of the Borneo Dayak people, renowned for
being both head hunters and pirates. This is a well above average
example with cast garuda head hilt (tested for silver, but has very
low percentage, which is normal for these swords). This piso podang
comes with a letter of provenance dated 1970 from the original beneficiary
of this sword, given to him by a Batak chief (see below).
The 24 1/8 inch blade has some patina / light rust pitting, but
not too much, and if firm in the hilt. The eagle hilt in very good
How rare is this sword? Just Google Piso Podang and you will see
"plenty" of Sumatran round hill versions, but few if any
Garuda hilted swords loke this one. The Garuda (bird) hilted Piso
Podang is purely native to Borneo, particularly Sarawak in Northern
(Malaysian) Borneo. The more common Sumatran Piso Podang have symetrical
round hilts / pommels, although these more common form of sword
are also found in Borneo (in Indonesian areas of Borneo).
A solid investment for just £850. Please quote item reference
R06. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 0469-82x16.
Acid test for silver content: