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Sheath for Makassan Dagger or Badik

Date: c 1994
Dimensions:
Overall: 20 mm, 0.05 kg
Medium: Wood
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Armament
Object Name: Sheath for makassan dagger or badik
Object No: 00018182
Place Manufactured:Indonesia

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    Description
    This sheath houses a Badik, a dagger traditionally associated with the coastal tribes of southern Sulawesi. It is believed that the badik held mysterious powers similar to that of the Malay Kris. They are still commonly worn in Sulawesi today.
    SignificanceThis object is symbolic of both the strong association between the Macassan people and the badik, as well as the long presence of Macassan traders in northern Australia.
    HistoryThe badik is traditionally associated with the coastal tribes of southern Sulawesi including the Bugis and Makassarese. It is believed that the badik held mysterious powers similar to that of the Malay Kris. They are still commonly worn in Sulawesi today. The Makassarese Badik typically has a 45º conic pistol grip, and a thinner blade than the Bugis variety.

    Makassan traders visited the northern Australian coast for centuries before the European arrival. Makassarese badiks are represented in at least one rock painting in Arnhem land.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: MAKASSAN SCABBARD, POSSIBLY MANUFACTURED IN INDONESIA

    Web title: Sheath for Makassan Dagger or Badik

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