Associated with the Headhunting Ceremony, where people would gather to attack other tribes and gather heads to be used in various festivities, Mandau is both a work of art in itself and a weapon.
The Mandau's blade is usually shaped convexly on one side and somewhat concavely on the other side. Both the hilt and scabbard are typically elaborately carved and plumed. Details of carvings vary from tribe to tribe. A Mandau is often accompanied with a whittling knife, generally referred to as Pisau raut.
This one came from the Iban tribe (aka the "Sea Dayak"), so they would refer to this as a Parang Ilang. #military#blade#weapon