Southeast Asia, eastern/northeastern Java, ca. first half of the 20th century CE. A striking, mold-cast brass handle for a ceremonial Indonesian sword known as a kris (keris). Depicted on this handle is the great hero demon Bhima, illustrated in a forward-leaning seated pose atop a small stool while grasping a dagger hilt with his right hand. His expressive visage is defined by almond-shaped eyes under heavy brows, a wide nose, a fang-filled mouth, and an intricate diadem beneath a wavy coiffure. The handle has a slight silvery color across the surface, and 39 glass and semi-precious stone cabochons of vermilion, emerald, cobalt, and topaz hues are inlaid throughout the figural composition. An excellent example of fine Indonesian artistry! Custom wooden display stand included. Size: 1.875" W x 5.375" H (4.8 cm x 13.7 cm); 6.375" H (16.2 cm) on included custom stand.
For a stylistically-similar example, please see: Ghiringhelli, Vanna. "Kris Hilts: Masterpieces of Southeast Asian Art." 5 Continents Editions, Milan, Italy, 2011, pp. 52, 55, middle figure on p. 55.
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-Joe Breidel collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
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Minor nicks to some raised details, light abrasions to handle and inlaid glass/stone cabochons, and fading to silvery color in some areas, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits and great patina throughout.