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Golok (knife)

Malayan Archipelago (1800s-1900s)

Single edge leaf-shaped blade with straight back that curves only slightly to reach a point. On both faces, near back edge, section of watered steel running full length. Hilt has wooden grip carved with geometric designs & lower half of grip covered with braided vegetable fiber. Hilt terminates in carved triangular pommel. One point of lower edge, closest to grip, is broken off.