Iban ceremonial parang

Catalogue number
  • WEA 2063
  • scabbard: brass
  • scabbard: hair
  • leather
  • steel
  • leather
  • wood
Alternative Names
  • FULL NAME: Iban ceremonial parang
  • SIMPLE NAME: parang, Iban
Object Type
ethnographic material
weapons and ammunition

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The parang was the traditional tool-cum-weapon of parts of Malaysia and Indonesia. This ceremonial example was made by the Iban people of Northern Borneo for James O'Donnell, who served in the area during the Indonesian Confrontation of the mid-1960s. O'Donnell flew in Royal Navy Wessex helicopters of 845 Squadron, from a forward air base at Nanga Gaat. The grip of the parang is made from the case of a starter-cartridge for a Wessex helicopter engine.

Physical description

parang & scabbard grip formed from Wessex helicopter starter cartridge, leather secondary scabbard affixed to outside of wooden scabbard.

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