Language: South Nias
Source: Schröder, 1917


Bekha is the name of a small monkey like figure that often appears on the backs of sword hilts, mainly those of the belato swords of South Nias.1


Bekhu on Nias belato sword hilt

The Nias bekhu as depicted on a South Nias belato sword hilt.


Bekhu on Nias telogu sword hilt

The Nias bekhu as depicted on a South Nias telögu sword hilt.


Various Bekhu

Bekhu on three South Nias sword hilts.

1. Engelbertus Eliza Willem Gerards Schröder; Nias. Ethnographische, geographische en historische aanteekeningen en studiën. Brill, Leiden. 1917. Page 109.

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Nice and complete example with talisman basket. Probably 20th century.


Blade marked with VOC Amsterdam monogram, and the year 1769.


With Dutch VOC blade, marked with the Amsterdam monogram.


This peculiar sword was used by the Garo people of Assam for fighting, clearing the jungle, and animal…


The basket hilt is elaborately overlaid with silver in floral designs.

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