Iban ceremonial parang

Catalogue number
  • WEA 2063
  • Scabbard: wood
  • Scabbard: leather
  • whole: steel
  • whole: brass
  • whole: leather
  • whole: hair
  • whole: (parang) 54 x 11 x 4cms
Alternative names
  • full name: Iban ceremonial parang
  • simple name: parang, Iban
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Object description

Ceremonial Iban parang. Constructed using the case of a starter-cartridge for a Wessex helicopter engine for the grip.

Physical description

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

History note

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.

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