Indonesian Kris Hilts. Tuesday, 9 March 2021, 7PM


ONLINE via Zoom.
Geoffrey Saba will present an illustrated overview of his collection of Indonesian kris hilts, currently numbering over 100, together with a few of his kris. The hilt, or ‘ukiran’, can be carved in any of the rich variety of hardwoods found throughout the archipelago, as well as in ivory, bone, deer horn, rhinoceros horn, elephant’s tooth, metal, gold & silver, and present a great variety of forms – sculpture in miniature – so long favoured by collectors that perhaps even more attention has been given to the study of handles than to the blades. Many hilt forms derive from representations of human or animal figures (horse, elephant, bird) and also from plant forms (corn cob, uncurling sprouts, flowers).

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