Batak parang

length: 18 1/2"
blade: 12 1/2"
blade width: 7/8" maximum
grip: 6"
overall length in scabbard: 23"

Parang from the Batak people of Northern Sumatra. Interesting blade, that metal "collar" at the bolster/ricasso area is a forged integral part of the blade making it quite thick and sturdy at the base. Hardwood grip and scabbard intricately carved with geometric designs (grip) and anthromorphic and lizard and scorpion designs (scabbard). Slight crack to grip on the stage-right side, blade and scabbard are in excellent condition. Circa early 1900's, may be earlier, all descriptions will be revised as my knowledge base grows.