Featured Help identify faux mystery material knife with art scene hand etched into blade

Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by Lazy lion, Feb 21, 2024.

  1. Lazy lion

    Lazy lion Member

    It’s very light and it’s see through when help up to a light there’s not hardware at all on it it’s just fitted together can anyone maybe tell me what material this is and maybe what it is IMG_3818.jpeg
     
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  2. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Hard to see from your photograph; a photograph against a plain background would be helpful. Looks like horn. And from the Philippines.

    Debora
     
  3. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

  4. Lazy lion

    Lazy lion Member

    I think it’s horn as well I’ll upload a new pic now
     
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    Lazy lion Member

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  7. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    The horn isn't etched, it is carved.;) Etching is done by applying acid.
    So a hand carved buffalo horn souvenir from the Philippines.
     
  8. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    In the shape of a cutless.

    Debora
     
  9. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    or scimitar...
     
  10. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I thought it was cutlass? Although cutless sounds safer.;)
    Given the origin, that is probably closer. A lot of Arab influence in the region.
     
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  11. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Perhaps meant to be a tabak. (Like on the 1st Infantry Division's coat of arms.)

    Debora

    1st_Infantry_Division_insignia.svg.png
     
  12. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Is that a Tagalog word?
     
  13. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Yes, apparently. Here's an explanation of the 1st Infantry's nickname.

    "The 1st Infantry Division, Philippine Army (1ID, PA). Colloquially referred to as the "Tabak" Division, named after one of the fighting blades of precolonial PH."

    And here's a description of a tabak in the collection of the Imperial War Museum. (No photo.) Interestingly, they compare the shape to a scimitar.

    https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/...short sword).,Chief, British Far East Command.


    Debora
     
  14. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

  15. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    That could be the origin. There were always many Hadrami traders in the area, from southern Yemen. In Indonesia there are even old Arab (Hadrami) neighbourhoods.
    Carabao or karbau (Indonesian) means buffalo.;)
     
  16. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Know that (re carabao.) But thanks. Was just confirming that horn associated Filipino swords.

    Debora
     
  17. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    With many sword hilts, also many scimitars. And keris, of course, also the Filippino kalis. So it is tradition and it relates to the introduced scimitars as well.
     
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