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Carved Striped Wooden Kris Hilt
Madura, Indonesia
19th century

length: 9cm, weight: 62g

This simple, stylised, zoomorphic kris hilt is beautiful on account of the quality of the wood used. The wood is likely to be rootwood from the kemuning tree
which accounts for its dramatic, lustrous striations.

The folded-over, bulbous head has is pierced, and the shaft undulates in a pleasing manner.

The hilt is in excellent condition.

References:
Noor, F. & E. Khoo, Spirit of Wood: The Art of Malay Woodcarving, Periplus, 2003.

Provenance: private collection, UK

Inventory no.: 4553

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