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An impressive jewelled courtly dagger (kris), Indonesia, probably Bali, 19th/20th century
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An impressive jewelled courtly dagger (kris), Indonesia, probably Bali, 19th/20th century
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An impressive jewelled courtly dagger (kris), Indonesia, probably Bali, 19th/20th century
the wavy steel blade with distinct layered pattern-welded pamor, gilt chiselled decoration at chape, the hilt in the form of the Deity Batara Bayu, squatting on a foliate throne, encased in sheet gold and set throughout with semiprecious stones and rubies, mendak en-suite
57cm.
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Catalogue Note

Similar examples are illustrated in Hales, 2013, pp.115, 117, 125. The hilts often depict different deities, including Bima, Bayu and Bhuta-Nawa-Sari. 

A close example in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, inv. no. 28.23.2a, b, is accompanied by an explanation of the spiritual significance of the figure represented on the hilt and the part that it plays in Balinese ritual: 

"The subject of the hilt can be identified as Bhima's spiritual father, Batara Bayu, the Indonesian version of the Indian wind god, Vayu. Batara Bayu is closely linked with Indra, the god of storms, who is the spiritual father of Arjuna. Thus the fraternal relationship between Bhima and Arjuna may be seen as an earthly reflection of the celestial relationship between Batara Bayu and Indra. Batara Bayu is worshiped not only as the wind god but also as the bringer of health and prosperity and hence symbolizes protection against evil. He is recognizable by his characteristic broad grin, large mustache, and panchanaka. In his right hand he holds a representation of the bejeweled vessel that contains life-giving holy water (toya mreta), an important element of many Baliense rituals, especially those related to spiritual and physical purification. In the context of this hilt, the holy-water vessel may also symbolize the deep spiritual self-awareness (dewa ruci) into which Bhīma was initiated by Batara Bayu." 
(https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/23017?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&where=Bali&ft=Kris&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=18)

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