Antique Javanese Indonesian Kris Keris With Molar Fossil Hilt And Gold Naga Penganten
A very rare antique late 19th-early 20th century Philippines Islamic Filipino Muslim Moro chiefly sword Kampilan from the southern region of the Philippines. The copper hilt is composed of several elements of copper soldered together including the grip in the form of a gun stock. The bout shaped crossguard all adorned with engraved nickel silver inlaid intricate patterns, and set with hair tufts.
The blade is very sharp, sturdy, single edged, and long, widening toward the profiled tip and is finely hand forged, showing on each face Damascus steel laminations pattern throughout its surfaces, and decorated along the back-edge, with incised Okir designs ensuite to the design on the hilt and the scabbard. The scabbard is composed of several elements of copper soldered together and adorned with intricate Okir pattern, engraved and inlaid in nickel and silver and mounted with elaborate chape and locket, with loops for suspension.
Since the sword is very high quality and completely mounted in silver inlaid copper in a similar manner as some of the Moro Armour (Kota) and composed of copper plate and adorned with silver ornaments, it is possible that the sword was a part of the Moro chief’s armour and weaponry made in the same style in copper and adorned with silver adornment as a set.
The blade is well-balanced by the hilt, so practically there is no feel of weight of a heavy blade.
CONDITION: Showing age and usage, some silver inlaid missing. Please notice that the pictures in the listing are part of the description of the condition of the object
Overall length: 101.6 cm (40 inches).
Overall length without the scabbard: 93 cm (38 5/8 inches).
Length of the blade: 63.8 cm (325 1/8 inches).
Width of the blade at the widest point: 4.5 cm (1 3/4 inches).