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Early 20th C. Indonesian Iron, Brass, & Wood Kris

Southeast Asia, Indonesia, ca. early 20th century CE. A beautiful kris (keris), a personal sword used in ceremonial events. The handle is carved from coffee-hued hard wood and depicts a pair of abstract anthropomorphic masks along the interior curve. A hemispherical brass disc rests between the handle and the projecting blade guard. The iron blade exhibits a serpentine profile with sharpened edges, a pointed tip, and undulating ribbons of lighter integral material. The blade sheath is formed from lustrous caramel-hued wood from two pieces consisting of a wide guard protector and a slender blade housing. The lower housing is covered with a hammered brass jacket with lightly-incised foliate motifs around the peripheries. Size: 19.5" L x 5.875" W (49.5 cm x 14.9 cm); length of blade: 14" L (35.6 cm).

Condition: Brass jacket is removable. Minor nicks to blade edges and tip, with some oxidized patina. Small nicks to sheath, and light fading to incised jacket motifs. Nice patina on wooden components.

Provenance: private Rochester, Michigan, USA collection

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