Sword (Rudus) and Scabbard

Inlayer Muhammad Salih of Terumon

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The sword is exceptional for the gold decoration inlaid on its blade, which includes a date and an inscription identifying the artist as "Muhammad Salih of the state of Terumon… in the village of Payung." While the place names appear to refer to Peninsular Malaysia, the form of the hilt, blade, and scabbard are distinctive to a region of northern Sumatra inhabited by the Aceh and Pakpak peoples. These elements suggest that the sword was made in Sumatra and then decorated in neighboring Malaysia.

Sword (<i>Rudus</i>) and Scabbard, Muhammad Salih of Terumon (Malaysian, active Kampung Payang, ca. 1835), Steel, horn, gold, wood, Malaysian, Kampung Payang and Sumatran, Aceh

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