The piso sanalenggam is one of the rarest and most distinctive of Batak swords. Their curiously shaped and decorated sheaths may relate to early Dong Son or Austronesian influences. They are reserved for the use of shaman priests known as datu among the Pakpak-Dairi Batak.

Date/Period
19th century
Region
Pakpak-Dairi Batak, North Sumatra
Dimension
Object size: 61.0 x 8.0 x 2.0 cm
Accession No.
2013-00948
Material
Steel, brass, horn, wood, natural pigments
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of the Mandala Foundation
Category
Keris and Weaponry