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Late 19th C. Indonesian Iron, Silver, & Ivory Kris

Southeast Asia, Indonesia, (handle) ca. late 19th century CE; (blade & scabbard) ca. first half of the 20th century CE. A beautiful kris sword used in ceremonial court-related events. The handle is carved from elephant ivory and takes the form of Bhima, the hero of Mahabharata. A gilded silver ring is inlaid with six stone cabochons and separates the handle from the pointed blade guard. The iron blade has a slight serpentine profile with projecting lateral elements, a bifurcated groove underneath the guard, and sharpened edges which taper to a point. The wooden sheath has a large top section for protecting the blade guard, and is decorated with vibrant pigments in cobalt, ruby, and pearl hues with several areas of gilded embellishment. Size: 25" L x 8" W (63.5 cm x 20.3 cm); length of blade: 18.625" L (47.3 cm).

Please note that ivory from any species cannot be shipped to the US States of California, Hawai'i, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Washington State. As of 2019, they will not be able to be shipped to Illinois.

The ivory on this item pre-dates 1900 and was acquired long before the 1970 ban on ivory trade.

Condition: One stone cabochon missing on silver ring. Minor nicks to blade edges, handle, and sheath, with some yellowing to handle, and fading to some areas of sheath pigmentation, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits throughout.

Provenance: private Rochester, Michigan, USA collection

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