Kris Handle

Java, Indonesia
19th Century
PROVENANCE: Irwin Hersey, NY.

Kris are asymmetrical short daggers indigenous to Indonesia. These daggers were believed to be inhabited by a spirit and were selected carefully by the user according to his thorough knowledge of its potential power. The handles were bent, for better grip, and were often decorated. This handle is cast as a head of a dragon (?). The hilt bent shape was used to imitate the natural curve of the animal's neck and head. The jaws are slightly open, revealing menacing teeth, and the eyes are in raised relief. Small semi-circles have been indented across the body of the handle, giving the appearance of scales.

Height: 3 " in.
IN 2-11-14 / SOLD