A kris is a traditional dagger with a wavy blade, associated with Indonesia, but also found in Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei and Singapore. It is considered to be both a weapon and a spiritual object, and krises are often considered to posses magical powers. The kris has three parts: the handle, the sheath and the blade, and each can possess special characteristics that enhance its value and appeal to collectors.
Large old Balinese keris of good quality. 70 cm overall with 56 cm blade of finely patterned two colour steel. Wooden hilt and scabbard of traditional Balinese 'informal' form. A high quality and most impressive piece.
An old Indonesian carved horn kris handle, carved as a bird perched upon the back of a mythical beast, its beak clenched to the top of its head, remains of gilt to the base. Mounted on a contemporary blackened steel stand. Height 10 cm
Three carved Indonesian ivory Kris handles, 19th century one meticulously carved in the form of a figure of Hanaman, the monkey god, the other two tinted, and carved with fine foliate design, 12.2 cm high, 8.7 cm high, 9.2 cm high
Indonesian presentation Keris. C1900 pamor steel blade of 17 waves & brass wire inlay. Gilt brass hilt in the form of a demon. Later sheath has intricately carved ivory scenes from the Ramayana & floral repousse silver sheath. Length 64 cm
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