Barong sheath, triangular in shape, made of brown wood. It is constructed of two pieces. The binding is missing as is part of the top and the tip. A curl is incised in part of the top that remains. Accession File states: "6653 - Barong (Lona [sic]) German Steel Blade, Nora wood handle, Southern Islands, Mindanao, #12 (can cut a man in two) S.B. Shiley Yakima, Wash. April 4, 1932."
Band of breaded leather, several strands. Six vertical brown braids funning down through the 37 small black braided strands. Some of the braided strands have broken off or come un-braided. It appears as though the black and brown leather is taken and braided around small, thin, round strips of bark, wood, or some other firm yet bendable material. Igorot is any of several related peoples inhabiting the mountains of Northwest Luzon, Philippines, or a people inhabiting the Mountian Porvince South of Kalinga. Donor File states: "Igorote abdominal Band Breach clout attachment." Old object tag found with item states: "Igirote abdominal band Breech Clout attachment. Collection of S.B. Shiley R.D. 8 Yakima."
The artifact is mounted in a dark brown, wooden case with a glass front and a black background. (Note: glass front of case was broken during 2003 move - artifact was removed from case and placed in Cabinet C until case can be repaired). The artifact is a shield shaped piece with miniature artifacts representing Philippine culture mounted on the shield background. The cloth in the background is currently a tan velvet. A few pieces have shifted showing the background was once dark red. The top and near the top of the shield is decorated with ivory. The miniatures are mainly weapons including 2 types of shields, spears, swords and arrows but also include a few non-war items such as clothing. The miniatures are numbered and correspond to a list of 62 items in the Museum Files "McFadden." Unfortunately, this list is in Spanish. The file also includes another note with the old cat. number discussing the collection of the artifact. Unfortunately, most of this is abbreviated making the meanings unclear. Accession File states: "Display of miniature articles representing Philippine culture D.W. McFadden Collection Presented by Clyde and Fred D. McFadden, April 20, 1931."
Axe with a trapezoid shaped blade with a spike to one end and a slight point to the other. The top of the handle is a 3.5 cm metal piece with two bands of braided material around it. The lower portion of the handle is 36 cm of slightly curved wood with a blunt pointed knob at the tip. There are pieces of wood missing from near the center of the handle and near the tip, however, these apparently were gone during the original construction rather than vanishing later.
Bolo with a dark brown, hollowed bone grip which looks very much like highly grained wood. The bottom of the grip is a 6.5 cm metal segment with 4 incised bands a the top and bottom. The blade is a nearly rectangular piece of metal which widens at the tip and is rounded. One edge of the bolo is sharpened, the other is not. Artifact notes state: "Bolo is a native name in the Phillippines: a long, rather heavy Phillippine single-edged knife. Resembles a machete."
This kris has a brown hilt with "rippled" grain to the wood but no carving. The grip is wrapped string with braided bands at the top, middle and bottom. Between the grip and blade is a light gold colored band 1.8 cm wide. The blade is very slightly waved with no decoration. On one side of the top of the blade is a projection with a pattern of holes through it. On the other side is a small projection with extensions of metal. Though the top of the blade is quite rusted, the rest of the blade has only small spots of rust.
This kris has a long,ivory hilt carved with incised lines and circles. It is marked on white-out "ESK113." The grip is wrapped with string with braided bands at the top, middle and bottom. Between the ivory and the string is a metal ring decorated with patterns of triangles and dots. At the bottom of the string is another metal ring with incised lines. The blade is straight with a decorative pattern of lines and half-circles, possibly this is representative of a dragon. The blade has a shallow groove running down the center. On one side of the top of the blade are "janggut," saw-like projections with holes above. On the other side is a smaller, similar projection. The blade is rusting badly. The sheath is straight (most are "T" shaped), made of two pieces of brown wood. The sheath is marked at the top "ESK 1A" on white-out. It is 58 cm long and 6 cm wide. It is bound near the center 14 cm with bamboo or rattan with braided rattan bands at the top and bottom. Another ring of braided rattan is 2.5 cm from the tip of the sheath. Near the top of the sheath, strips of tan and dark blue cloth are wound around the sheath and knotted.
Barong knife or sword with a metal blade and wooden handle. The blade has the curved "leaf" shape characteristic of a barong. The grip is made of a dark wood 8.0 cm long with a metal piece 7.7 cm long below. The grip has some type of string wrapped around it in an "X" style; where the strings cross, they have been heated to bind them to the layer of string below. The blade is still fairly sharp and shows some signs of rusting and some chips in upper porting of blade.
Miniature axe with a trapezoidal shaped blade with spikes at both ends with a small wooden handle. The handle measures about 10.2 cm in length and 1.9 cm in width. Blade is dull and shows severe signs of rusting. Towards the upper portion of the handle is a crack with a nail driven through it that slightly protrudes. The wood handle comes to a dull point at the end. Small sliver of wood broken off handle at towards the upper part.
kris sheath "T" shaped made from a dark wood. Wooden sheath is wrapped with a continuous strip of bamboo or rattan from the tip to the top; coming loose at top and bottom. It is constructed of two pieces of wood that fit together and bamboo strips bind them together. Part of the top is broken off, eliminating one branch of the "T."
Wooden shield made of dark brown wood. It is decorated with an incised decoration of four lines around the edges of the shield. Near the top and bottom of the shield are wavy designs. In the center of the shield is a boss made of wood 9.5 cm diameter and 2 cm high. The boss is surrounded by four incised lines on the shield proper. A chip of wood is missing here. Four sets of two lines each run straight from the wavy decoration at the top to that at the bottom, these lines are interrupted by the center boss. Across the top, 11 cm from the center boss and 16 cm below are separate strips of wood on both the front and back of the shield, secured with continuous pieces of bamboo or rattan. The back of the shield has a 33 cm long handle made of a separate piece of wood. There is a depression in the shield below the grip portion of the handle. There are holes near the ends of the handle through which wire and string have been tied. A hanging hook has been added to the top of the shield. A green and white oval sticker with white lettering has been added to the back just above the second set of wood strips. It reads: "D.W. MCFADDEN IMPLEMENTS AND HARDWARE 20-24 ALDER STREET WALLA WALLA, WASH." A rectangular white artifact tag states: "6360 McFadden." Accession File state: "6360 Shield of wood, Phillipines D.W. McFadden Collection Presented by Fred D. and Clyde McFadden, April 20, 1931" a handwritten note on the card states: "returned to C. McFadden 3/10/60"
Axe with an irregular shaped blade. The top of blade is curved upwards and goes back to a point. From this point the blade follows down to the wooden handle. From the handle the blade is straight and then curves up and outward. There are many patches of rust on the blade, especially on the edges. The handle is made of smooth wood; the upper 4.9 cm of handle is metal and below that are two braided bamboo strips about each about 1.5 cm in length. Display tag found with item states: "Aliwa from Kalinga tribe. This is a weapon and also a working axe, used in clearing jungle, building houses, etc. Note modification of blade."
Axe with a curved metal blade with a flat top and a spike to one end. It is inserted into a groove in the top of the handle. The blade has only a few spots of rust. The piece, probably metal, which affixed the blade to the handle is missing. The handle is a 37 cm piece of brown wood with a blunt point at the tip. Caution! The blade is VERY loose in the handle.
Axe with a curved blade and flat top with a spike at one end of the top and a point at the other end. The top of the handle is a 5.2 cm piece of metal. The bottom of the handle is a very slightly curved, 37 cm piece of brown wood with a blunt point at the tip. The wooden portion has long cracks along the handle. The metal portions are spotted with rust.
Small shirt/jacket made of silk with thread lining at top, with sleeves and hem of shirt are decorated with metal, red silk and gold thread. The color is a dark maroon and cloth is most likely cotton brocade. The design in material is flowers. The collar of the shirt is lined with rainbow like lines of thread; about 5.5 cm towards the shoulders on each side, there is a small vertical strip of the same type of thread decoration as found on collar. As for the decoration of the sleeves, first sewn on are the metal pieces that take a fan shape (top of fan pointing down). Then below the metal is a stripe of red silk that measures about 2.3 cm in width. Then, below this is another stripe of decorative gold thread measuring 2.5 cm in width, with a repetitious design of diamond shapes. This same formation of decoration is also found at the hem of the shirt. The shirt was hand sewn together with white thread. Display tag found with item states: "Isneg Woman's shirt-Jacket, Decorations from Aparri store."
Axe with a curved blade which has a flat top with a spike at one end. The top of the handle is a 4.7 cm piece of metal. The bottom of the handle is a 30.5 cm piece of curved brown wood with a blunt point at the tip. Just above the tip is a double right triangle shaped figure made of irregularly sized metal tacks (?) inserted into the handle.
Kris sheath, "T" shaped, made of light wood. It is constructed of two separate pieces of wood. At the top of the sheath, one side is painted black and carved in with floral designs. One side of this has been repaired with glue in the past. The other side is painted painted plain black with no designs. One branch of the T is missing on the back. Sheath is partially wrapped with string in a crisscross pattern; also wrapped with some twine. A pattern remaining on the wood indicates a different wrapping in the past with a wider material. The middle of the sheath is cracked. At bottom of sheath there is a piece of wood missing, and it is possible to see inside the sheath.
Knife or dagger with a long, thin metal blade. The blade is sharpened along the slightly curved edge. Two sets of four lines are incised on the blade just below the handle on one side of the blade. The other side of the blade is marked "ESK 107" on white-out. The handle is a nearly rectangular piece of wood curved on the bottom. Along the top of the handle, a triangular design has been roughly cut out. One one side of the handle, near the back, three gouges have been cut into it. On the other side, a nearly unseen diamond design has been incised. Part of the lower portion has been gouged deeper, perhaps the beginning of the carving. This side of the artifact has a 5.5 cm crack. The sheath is made of two pieces of brown wood in a long, triangular shape. These are bound together near the top with brown and white string. The sheath is marked "ESK 107A" on white-out. A loop of twisted cord protrudes from one edge of the sheath. A braided cord protrudes from the other side about 80 cm. This has knots at both ends. The tip of the sheath is cracked and part is broken off.
Bolo knife with a curved blade with a flat top. The blade is sharpened only on one edge. The blade is inserted into a groove in the handle. The handle is made of dark wood and the upper porting is decorated with bamboo strips, braided at the top and bottom of stripping. Handle measures about 17.4 cm in length and 4.1 cm in width. The blade is fairly dull and shows signs of rusting. Artifact notes state: "Bolo is a native name in the Phillippines: a long, rather heavy Phillippine single-edged knife. Resembles a machete."
Trapeziodal shaped axe head with spikes on both ends. One corner of the blade has a 2.7 cm protrusion of metal intended to insert into the top of a handle. The axe head is badly rusted. The handle is totally missing.