20th century. Broad 16” blade with strong medial ridge, two waves at the forte, finishing to a spear point. Finely figured root, the whole of fine contrasting whorl and laminar Pamir iron. Gilt floral mendak. Well carved wood hilt and scabbard in characteristic Javanese style. The grip base set with six large polished natural stones in high domed form. The scabbard throat with a matching large stone. The scabbard stem with five large domed stones in graduated sizes. The wood with tinted lacquer finish. Kris are regarded as deeply spiritual and carried today by many Indonesian men as part of their business dress. This example is likely a household kris consecrated with the duty to protect the house against evil, which justifies the laborious polishing of the stones and forging of the blade.

 

 

Stock Number: FNS6620

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