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Barong | Sword and sheath

Yakan , 20th century

Medium

Steel, wood, silver wire, mother-of-pearl, coins, silk textile

Collection

Ethnographic Materials

Description


The barong has a lanceolate (leaf-like) blade shape and is used by several cultural groups in Mindanao and the Visayas. This example from the Yakan of Basilan is kept in a padded, velvet-lined carrying case and has an ornate sheath, covered with plain and decorated mother-of-pearl panels and inlaid with ten-centavo coins. The wood pommel is also intricately carved with naga- or snake-like designs.


It is likely a ceremonial piece and was not used for combat.

Acknowledgement

Ayala Museum Collection

Location

Museum Storage

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