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Alan62 14th January 2007 04:27 PM

Kris Holder for comment
Can you folks please tell me more about this Kris or Kiris holder and the writing on the back.It has 2 holes at the top that have a leather loop for hanging your kris on the plaque across the artwork and then hangs on the wall . It is made of wood and appears to be an old peice of wood . The art is carved and then painted
Thanks for any info

David 15th January 2007 01:01 PM

Hi Alan. This type of display is called blawong and it is from Jawa. The figure that decorates it is a character from the wayang, traditional stories performed with puppets. I am fraid i am not able to translate the writing on the back, but someone else might be able to. Better pictures would be helpful, but even then estimating the age might be difficult. Yours appears to be fairly nicely carved and painted. :)

Kiai Carita 15th January 2007 04:52 PM

Originally Posted by Alan62

The figure appears to be Arjuna although he usually doesn't wear the selendang across his shoulder, as he has one, he must be meant to be Arjuna Mintaraga - when Arjuna goes meditating and eventually saves heaven from Niwatakawaca. The selendang is a sign of holiness.

Warm salaams to all,

Alan62 15th January 2007 10:18 PM

Thank You

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