Toraja, Central Sulawesi, overall 70 cm, blade 48 cm, hilt 18 cm -0796E101-

Hilt in wood with inlaid bone stripes, missing straps of rattan on the lower part. Straight blade, rough welded iron with blunt back and cutting edge. Scabbard in wood covered with rattan. "buntut". 

The Dua Lalan name comes from its double use: either to slaughter buffaloes for funeral sacrifice or to slaughter… humans. The hilt resemble a hornbill's head with the beak and its excrescence and an eye in its middle.

Hilt with the shape of a Hornbill's head.

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