Lot: 12

77th tribal art auction

Hilt of a "keris"

Indonesia - Java

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Jürgen Funke, Amstetten, Austria H: 3.9 inch 2000 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

horn, dark brown patina, in form of a dragon head with open snout and pointed teeth, eyes with inlay (missing on one side), min. dam., small missing parts, fine cracks, base;
"keris" is a dagger found over a large part of the Indonesian archipelago with an almost endless variety of blades, hilts, scabbards and decoration.

Ellis, Andrew (ed.), Kris Hilts, Mailand 2011, p. 72 f.