Dagger Handle

Batak, Sumatra
19th Century

Metal objects in Batak culture are reserved for important rituals and important individuals; metal smiths are actually feared because of their special knowledge. This rare bronze dagger handle is cast in superb detail, with engravings throughout. The handle curves into a Singa with a triangular area of negative space underneath; crawling up the back of the handle is a beautifully detailed lizard. The color of the bronze is a deep golden brown with a well handled patina from long periods of use.

This handle stands 6.5 inches tall.

SOLD / IN 10-10-09