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Subjectwarrior chief
Culture: Batak
Setting: Dutch war, northern Sumatra late 19thc
Objectpiso knife








* Dallas Museum of Art > Pacific Islands
"Pair of knives and sheath (piso) 
Indonesia: North Sumatra, Batak people 
c. 1860-1900  Bronze and steel ...
Among the Batak, the traditional marriage gifts from a husband's lineage to his wife's family included a pair of knives in a single sheath or scabbard.  The use of male and female figures on the handles suggests that this pair was a ceremonial wedding gift; the handles represented the man and woman united in marriage."


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* American Museum of Natural History > Mead Hall of Pacific Peoples



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* Tropenmuseum > Zuidoost Azië 
"Zwaard met voorouderfiguren 
IJzer.  
Toba-Batak (volk), Noord-Sumatra, Indonesië.  
1ste helft 20ste eeuw."


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