Indonesian Javanese Kris with a Carved Ivory Hilt Formed as a Bird’s Head
Indonesian Javanese Kris with a Carved Ivory Hilt Formed as a Bird’s Head
Indonesian Javanese Kris with a Carved Ivory Hilt Formed as a Bird’s Head
Indonesian Javanese Kris with a Carved Ivory Hilt Formed as a Bird’s Head
Indonesian Javanese Kris with a Carved Ivory Hilt Formed as a Bird’s Head
Indonesian Javanese Kris with a Carved Ivory Hilt Formed as a Bird’s Head
Indonesian Javanese Kris with a Carved Ivory Hilt Formed as a Bird’s Head

Indonesian Javanese Kris with a Carved Ivory Hilt Formed as a Bird’s Head

1800 to 1900 Java

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An Indonesian Javanese Kris with a Carved Ivory Hilt Formed as a Bird’s Head
An iron wave shaped blade watered with an inscription and lotus blossoms along its length
19th Century

Size: 41.5cm long – 16¼ ins long
The Indonesian Kris is a very old weapon and is said to have originated in Java, but was long ago adopted in all parts of the archipelago. Every island and often every district has its own particular form of blade, hilt and scabbard, and sometimes typical forms from different areas are found mixed on the same weapon. Java has more than forty recognised blade shapes and there are other varieties with no specific name, but the straight blades are more numerous than the waved ones. The Kris first appears as a weapon in Javanese sculptures of the 15th century and its invention is ascribed to Inatko Pali, King of Janggolo in the 14th century.
Medium
Ivory and Iron
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