Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: The Aussie Bush
Thanks for sharing your kris and barung. The kris appears to be a broad-bladed example from the Sulu Archipelago, dating from mid-20th C I would think. It is missing its other stirrup, or it is a very unusual single stirrup example with the stirrup on the back side of the blade (I have never seen that before, so I think it is probably missing the other one). The hilt is a horse hoof style commonly found on mid-20th C examples.
The barung are all Sulu as well (probably Tausug) and likely date from the 20th C. One is missing part of its kakatua pommel, but it is 20th C too.
Each of your swords has been cleaned very well and I like the subtle etching that you have given them--the patterns are clear. Did you use nitrol or acetic acid?