Horsehair Sword

A large sword. At the handle there is a small section of black hair.
Sword from the Eldon House collection

Country of Origin: Myanmar  
Year: ca. 1870 
Materials: Hair, leather, metal, and wood

This sword is likely a replica of a mandau from the Dayak people in Borneo. Mandau’s are ceremonial knives with a slightly curved blade. These knives are known for having intricate handles often made of wood, brass, or bone. Occasionally, the ends are decorated with horse of human hair. This one is likely horsehair.