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Naga Dao sword

Northeast India, 19th century



Overall length
70 cm

Materials
iron

Origin
Northeast India

Dating
first half 19th century

Provenance
Lord Egerton of Tatton, Indian and oriental arms and armour, page 84, Fig. 19 


A good and rare two handed sword from the Garo tribes of Assam or Nagaland. Also referred to as a headhunters sword. A steel 70cm long sword with double edge blade, a simple iron cross guard that used to be adorned with tufts of hair. A 30cm long cutting edge and a central ridge running throughout the blade. Heavy but well balanced and in good condition with a nice age patina. More pictures to follow.