Antique 18th Century Indonesian Malaysian Malaya Malaysia Islamic Bugis Sword Dagger Kris Keris
Superb Quality antique 18th century short sword or dagger from the Indonesian, Malaysian-Malay Islamic Bugis tribe, Kris - Keris
Finely hand-carved bone handle (Hulu or Ukiran) in the form of Jawa Demam, half-bird, half-human, possibly the deity " Garuda" from pre–Islamic Period.
The excellent quality, sturdy, hand-forged serpentine-shaped blade made of Damascus steel displays various layers of Pamor.
The blade's base is beautifully sculpted with high ridges and deep grooves with kembang kacang, in the form of a stylized elephant trunk.
The wooden scabbard is encased with a silver Pendok, composed of two separate elements finely repousse, and engraved on the exterior with a scrolling foliage and checkering pattern on the reverse. The wooden warangka in the form of a European sailing vessel is finely carved with traditional Malay design. The bottom of the scabbard is adorned with large carved bone finial.
CONDITION: Showing the age and usage. The hilt has a superb old patina with age cracks.
Please see all 13 pictures in the listing as they are part of the object's condition description.
Overall length with the scabbard: 35 cm (13.78 inches)
Overall length without the scabbard: 27 cm (10.63 inches)
1." The Invincible Krises 2" by Vanna Ghiringhelli
2. "Kris Gli Invincibili: Kris The Invincible (The invincible krises)" by Vanna Ghiringhelli
The buyer will be provided with a copy of the pages from the mentioned references and a certificate of authenticity.