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