Keris Handle from Indonesia
This charming figure belies the power imbued to keris– his large grin imparts a friendly, benign quality. The intricate carving with floral motifs further softens the character. Monkey-like in visage (Hanuman?), he has arms and one leg showing, plus long locks of hair down his back. The rest of the surface is covered in fine carving, some of which is three-dimensional. This is a fine example of an older keris handle. It is from Sumatra or Java.
Size: 3.8 in. high