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An ivory-mounted dagger (Kris) with gold scabbard, Palembang, South Sumatra, 18th/19th century
the straight layered pamor steel blade has polished edges, a characteristic found in blades from this region; the fine deeply carved ivory hilt (also distinct to the Palembang region) is in the form of a stylised Garuda and sits in a fine gold filigree cup (selut) supported by a granular gold mendak; the lower part of the hardwood sheath (wrangka) is covered by a gold sleeve (pendok), the front is finely chased and engraved with interlacing vegetal and animal motifs with green enamel highlights
48cm. long
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