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Penan Parang

Penan Parang

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Edged Weapons: Pre 1980: Item # 1317190

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Complete set of “machete”, scabbard and small “piru” carving knives from the nomadic Penan/Punan people of Sarawak. I bought this from a villager at a Penan “reservation” Batu Bungan outside of Gunung Mulu Park. Although the side scabbard is made of vinyl stitched on with monofilament fishing line the technique for making the blades are completely traditional. May be in the last enlargement the parang blade has a slight curve and is beveled on one side only which is forged to the specifications of the owner. The steel is quite good and sharp on it and may be made using an automotive leaf spring as I was told that the Penan and Iban people found this to be ideal in making sword blades. The Malaysian government has taken a page from the American ideal of “managing” indigenous people in placing them in settlement camps while confiscating and logging their land. I was in the area in 1988 and again in 2003 and the change in their culture was very dramatic. Now they have been evangelized, folks go fully clothed. Total length from handle to tip on the parang is 52cm/20.5in.