Knife with crouching male and female figures with sheath

CULTURE:
Batak people
DATE:
c. 1860–1900
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General Description

Among the Batak, the traditional marriage gifts from a husband's lineage to his bride's family included a pair of knives in a single sheath or scabbard. The use of male and female figures on the handles suggests that this pair was a ceremonial wedding gift. The handles represented the man and woman united in marriage.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A.Walker, Label text, 2013.