A 19th century Sumatra Badik ‘Sewar’ Dagger.

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A 19th century Sumatra Badik ‘Sewar’ Dagger.

Dapur (origin): Aceh

Badik with slightly curved hand forged Wilah (blade). The metal of the blade ‘Wesi Kuning’ and made of the 7 elements (gold, silver, copper, nickel, lead, iron, etc.) and was used by ‘Dukun’ as a magic tool used for healing by imposing on the body. Silver Mendak (cuff), between hilt and blade. Badik hilt (‘Ukiran’) made from Buffalo horn. The Warangka (sheath) and Gandar (body) made from Dear and Buffalo horn and Buntut wood with small silver band.

Length of the blade, including ‘Pesi’ (tang of the blade): 30 cm.  (1x)

Note 1: A ‘Dukun’ is a Malay term for shaman. Their societal role is that of a traditional healer, spirit medium, custom and tradition experts and on occasion sorcerers and masters of black magic. In common usage the Dukun is often confused with another type of shaman, the Pawang. (Often mistranslated into English as “witch doctor” or “medicine man”).

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