|19th century - Madura, Indonesia|
This exceptionally well-carved kris has a straight blade and a fine pamor or damascene that appears to be in the 'watermelon rind' pattern. The scabbard and hilt are very well carved. The cross-guard (wrangka) is carved as a wild-maned lion (singha) with a splendid curved tail that remarkably has survived intact. The hilt is carved as another lion with an even more copious mane.
The front of the scabbard is edged with a carved foliate scroll border. The reverse of the scabbard is plain. (Some old, agre-related cracks to the reverse have been filled in with resin.)
The motifs employed in the carving clearly draw on colonial Dutch themes, as is often the case with 19th century Madurese krises.
The hilt collar is of brass with rows of applied brass spheres.
Madurese krises contain elements of Javanese and Balinese krises which is not surprising given the island of Madura's proximity to both Java and Bali.
Overall, this kris is in very fine condition. There are no chips, repairs or other losses to the carving. The scabbard has a rich patina consistent with a nineteenth century dating. The underside of the cross guard has an old collection or museum inventory number. The blade fits perfectly and tightly in the scabbard with little movement and no gaps.
|References:Gardner, G.B., Keris and other Malay Weapons, Orchid Press, 2009 (reprint of 1936 original).Ghiringhelli, V., Kris Hilts: Masterpieces of South-East Asian Art, 5 Continents, 2011.Groneman, I., The Javanese Kris, C. Zwartenkot Art Books, 2009.Hamzuri, Keris, Penerbit Djambatan, 1988.|
|Provenance: Private UK collection|
|Price:||Item has been sold.|
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