Iban ceremonial parang
- Catalogue number
- WEA 2063
- scabbard: brass
- scabbard: hair
- Alternative Names
- FULL NAME: Iban ceremonial parang
- SIMPLE NAME: parang, Iban
- Object Type
- ethnographic material
- weapons and ammunition
© IWM (WEA 2063)
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.
parang & scabbard grip formed from Wessex helicopter starter cartridge, leather secondary scabbard affixed to outside of wooden scabbard.
Associated people and organisations
IWM Non Commercial Licence
The media for this item are free to reuse for non-commercial purposes under the IWM Non Commercial Licence. Video, sound and images can be embedded with the code we offer here, and images can also be downloaded.
By downloading any images or embedding any media, you agree to the terms and conditions of the IWM Non Commercial Licence, including your use of the attribution statement specified by IWM. For this item, that is: © IWM (WEA 2063)