Antique Keris 19th-20th Century Indonesian Balinese Sword Dagger Naga Kris
Antique 19th-20th century Indonesian Balinese short sword — dagger Kris — Keris with the hilt of classical Bali shape, carved of precious Timoho wood (Kleinhovia Hospita) featuring naturally occurring contrasting grains. In former days this wood was even more valuable than silver or gold!
Robust and heavy, serpentine -shaped blade, with 11 luks (waves) superbly hand wrought from pamor iron with fine Damascus pattern adorned on both sides with finely hand chiselled and heavy overlaidin brass (kinatah) with crowned Naga (Mythological Dragon). A Silvered ferrule or mendak ornamented with stones.
Since high-quality, Keris blades made of Pamor were very valuable and would not go out of fashion or style, they were passed from father to son and were used by the next generations. So, the fine old blades, dating back as far as the fifteenth century, were still used during the 19th century but remounted with a new 19th century mountings. It was also practiced in Japan when the expensive old sword blades were remounted to a new mounting and were still used in 19th and 20th century.
CONDITION: Showing the age and usage
Please notice that the pictures in the listing are part of the description of the condition of the object.
MEASUREMENTS: Overall length with the scabbard: 48 cm (18.9 inches)
1. "The Invincible Krises 2" by Vanna Ghiringhelli
2. Kris Gli Invincibili: Kris The Invincible [The invincible krises] by Vanna Ghiringhelli
3. "Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago" by Albert G. van Zonneveld