- Dated: 19th century
- Place of Origin: Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia
- Medium: iron, silver-gilt, marine ivory
- Measurements: overall length: 45.3cm; weight: 426g
This particularly kris dagger is from South Sumatra, most probably from the Palembang region. As such it shows strong Malay and Minangkabau influences. The wooden scabbard is encased in gilded silver sheet that has been repoussed and chased on both sides with bands of Islamic-influenced foliate motifs and geometric patterns.
The chape flares at the end and is similarly decorated while the cross-guard is of a fine-grained wood, and in well-carved in a ‘boat’ form. The hilt ring is made of silver and decorated with a row of applied silver blossoms. The blade is wavy and made of iron.
The hilt, of marine ivory designed in the Jawa Demam style - a type famous throughout Indonesia and Malaysia, combines angles, curves and planes in a distinctive shape coupled with elaborate scrollwork. This example is carved with particularly deep recesses between the scrolls.
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