Langgai Tinggang

Langgai Tinggang (other names also include Langgai Tinggan, Langgi Tinggang, Mandau Langgi Tinggan) is a traditional sword of the Sea Dayak people, originating from Borneo. The name Langgai Tinggang means "the longest tail-feather of a hornbill".[1][2]

Langgai Tinggang
Langgai Tinggang, pre-1894.
TypeSword
Place of originBorneo:
 Malaysia (Sarawak)
 Indonesia (West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan)
Service history
Used byDayak people (Iban / Sea Dayak)
Specifications
Blade typeSingle edge, convex grind
Hilt typeAntler/deer horn, wood
Scabbard/sheathWood

Description

This sword is almost identical to Niabor, but with a hilt resembling that of Mandau. The blade has a convex edge and concave back. On both sides a broad rib runs from the finger guard to the tip. The finger guard is smaller than of the Niabor and is further removed from the hilt. Unlike the finger guard of the Niabor, the Langgai Tinggang has a finger guard that is similar of the Mandau's.[3] Another feature that separates the Langgai Tinggang from Niabor is the pommel of the Langgai Tinggang is always decorated with animal hair.

See also

References

  1. Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, JSTOR (1901). Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 31. The Institute.
  2. Alex Archer (2008). Provenance: Rogue Angel. Gold Eagle. ISBN 1-4268-1425-9.
  3. Albert G Van Zonneveld (2002). Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago. Koninklyk Instituut Voor Taal Land. ISBN 90-5450-004-2.
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