An embellished gilt-silver Kris hilt Bali, Indonesia, late 19th - early 20th century | 十九世紀末至二十世紀初 印尼峇里 鎏金銀嵌寶格里斯劍柄
Property from the Tuyet Nguyet and Stephen Markbreiter Collection 雪月藏亞洲藝術珍品
Property from the Tuyet Nguyet and Stephen Markbreiter Collection
An embellished gilt-silver Kris hilt
Bali, Indonesia, late 19th - early 20th century
十九世紀末至二十世紀初 印尼峇里 鎏金銀嵌寶格里斯劍柄
possibly depicting the demon king Rāhvana, portrayed with protruding fangs and round bulging eyes with large pupils, adorned with a crown, abundant jewellery and an elaborate loincloth
13.2 cm, 208.7 grams
Good overall condition, with expected minor wear to the stones and metal, including small minute cracks to the stones.
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With its sinuous, snakelike blade and figural hilt, the kris is revered and considered to be imbued with spiritual power in Balinese society. Although the identity of some hilt figures is uncertain, many appear to be inspired by characters from the great literary epics of ancient India - the Māhābharata and the Rāmāyana.
The current lot is likely to depict Rāhvana, the demon king of Ngalenka and the evil antagonist of the Rāmāyana, who attained unrivalled powers due to his revered devotion to Shiva, allowing him to defeat and humiliate the gods on multiple occasions.
See a similar gem-encrusted kris hilt in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession no. 32.75.255a, b: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/23378. Other examples are illustrated in Robert Hales, Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour, 2013, pp. 115, 117, and 125.
紐約大都會藝術博物館藏一相類嵌寶格里斯劍柄，同飾魔王羅波那，館藏編號32.75.255a, b: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/23378。其他相類例可參考Robert Hales，《Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour》，2013年，頁115、117及125。