Borneo, Sea Dayak, blade 53 cm, hilt 13 cm -1292E80-

A hybrid between the Parang Ilang and the Langgai Tinggang, the Jimpul originated in the second half of the 19th century. The blade has flat sides and is curved. It starts from the hilt with a 4 to 5 cm rectangular shoulder (tamporian), then widens to the point and ends in a slanting angle or a rounded tip. A groove crosses the blade just below the tamporian and runs along the back of the blade, it is terminated at both ends with hooks (krowit), probably to symbolize the dragon/dog Aso. The blade is rarely decorated, this example has brass inlaid lines and small dots run along the groove and the tamporian

The hilt is carved from antler or wood, similar to the Parang Ilang.


Krowit (hook)

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