Inventory no.: 4553

Carved Striped Wooden Kris Hilt, Madura, Indonesia, 19th century


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.


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


private collection, UK

Inventory no.: 4553

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