Kris Handle

Bali, Indonesia
19th Century
Previous collection: Private American Collection

Kris handles come in many forms and many mediums, but this example is world class. The figure is tightly carved and compact filled with amazing details. The face is beautifully conceived with an elaborate coiffure and dangling earrings suggesting wealth and importance. The body wonderfully moves within the boundary of the sculpture. This handle while possessing great beauty is a symbol of power and fertility, this is clearly evident with the phallic nature of the form. The patina is rich from handling and the color of the wood is simply gorgeous..

This handle stands 4 inches in height.
5-5-12/ SOLD