Learn about Kris

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.

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Mid 20th century Indonesian Kris. Straight waived blade with bound cord handle. Carved string bound scabbard. Length 71 cm

Two Kris swords with marine ivory handles, South East Asian origin, the longest 47 cm

Two Kris swords, both with figural carved wooden handles, South East Asian origin, 19th century, the longest 48 cm

Indonesian Kris with 13 waves and animal figure at base of blade

A Sumatran Kris knife with horn handle, carved decorative bands on sheath, short blood groove at top of blade, 33 cm long. Provenance: the mark Lissauer collection, Melbourne

Jarvanese Kris with scabbard of good quality, fine Pamor, hand worked silver scabbard cover, approx 34 cm blade;over all 44 cm

Jarvanese Kris with scabbard of good quality, fine Pamor, hand worked silver scabbard cover, approx 34 cm blade over all 44 cm

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.

Large oriental kris, with intricately carved handle & scabbard, 64 cm long (including scabbard) approx

An old Indonesian carved horn kris handle, formed as a stylised mythical creature. Mounted on a blackened steel stand. Length 11 cm

An old Indonesian carved horn kris handle, formed as a stylised female figure perched upon a scrolling stand, a brass fitting to the base. Mounted on a contemporary blackened steel stand. Length 12 cm

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

A replica Inodnesian Kris with Semar form handleand brass and teak sheaf

A replica Inodnesian Kris with Semar form handleand brass and teak sheaf

Three Indonesian gilt metal and 'jewelled' kris handles, mounted. Height overall: 27 cm

Kris patterned blade in ornately carved rosewood scabbard 40 cm blade length

Kris dagger with Damascus blade and a timber handle. Length 40 cm

A 19th century Balinese kris, with twenty five waves, carved lion to forte and gilt Rakshasa demon hilt. Length 56 cm

A fine carved Indonesian Kris, nickel silver mounts, possible carved horn, with decoration to blade. Length 26.5 cm

Indonesian 'Kris' dagger with scabbard, the dagger has a carved ivory pistol grip handle, with sinuous shaped steel blade inside a polished, carved wooden scabbard. length 47 cm

Fine small size antique Balinese carved ivory Kris handle, 7.8 cm high Ex William Rogers collection. Purchased 1970's

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

An antique Kris and Warangka, 19th century, the grip and top of the warangka shaped in fine-grained hardwood, the remainder of the warangka repousse-decorated metal over cane, length 50 cm (overall)

19th century Balinese Keris. Straight blade with piercings to base. 20thc. Timoho wood sheath. Length 69 cm sheathed.

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

Early Javanese Keris. Heirloom, originally from Sumbawa Island, circa 1870s. Length 69 cm

A Large Bladed Kris in Wood Scabbard with engraved silver collars. Length 78.5 cm

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