A very fine and unusual 19th Century Malayan Silver Kris Dagger with hand-forged blade. These Malayan kris daggers are found with many hilt forms including ivory, hardwood and horn but these silver hilts are quite scarce. The kris dagger is a very common and associated with the culture of Indonesia, but is also found in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. The kris is famous for its distinctive wavy blade, although straight-bladed examples are also found. A kris is divided into three parts – the bilah (blade), hulu (hilt), and warangka (sheath). The origin of the word kris comes from an old Javanese term – “ngiris”, which means to slice, wedge or sliver. “Kris” is the more frequently used spelling in the Western world, but the word “keris” is more popular in the native countries where the kris is found. The hilt is decorated with a series of abstract designs and also the number “25” that seems quite unusual – can’t quite explain that! Condition of the kris is very good and the blade still retains its interesting blade patterning. Blade length is 15 inches (19.5 inches overall).
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