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Rare Kris Hilt of a Lion-Maned Figure
East Java, Indonesia
19th century

length: 8.6cm, weight: 38g

This unusual kris hilt has been carved finely from a single piece of wood. A thin face peers from a scrolling mane which emerges our of floral scrollwork.

The stripy, lustrous nature of the wood suggests that it is
kemuning wood.

The styling suggests that it is from 19th century Eastern Java.

It is in excellent condition and comes with a small wooden stand.

References:
Hales, R., Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour: A Lifetime's Passion, Robert Hale CI Ltd, 2013.
Noor, F. & E. Khoo,
Spirit of Wood: The Art of Malay Woodcarving, Periplus, 2003.

Provenance: private collection, UK

Inventory no.: 4554

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