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Unusual Kampilan. Hilt is nicely carved, with old coins attached on each side. The guard
is missing staples, however the mail guantlet has been attached with rope threaded through
the original staple holes. Blade shows indication of possible lamination. Of note, the tip is
decorated with a carved dragon, with a brass eye. The purpose seems primarily decorative, and
the style of dragon is not in form with traditional Moro motifs, and it is
possible that it was carved at a later date by or for someone of Chinese heritage. There has
traditionally been a strong Chinese community in Mindanao for many centuries. At times of war
between the Maguindanao Sultanate proper (the down-river sultanate) and the Buayan Sultanate
(the up-river sultanate) often it was Chinese traders would unite the two warring Sultanates through
Overall length: 40"
Blade length: 29.25"
Hilt length: 10.75"
Collection Credit: Rick Stroud