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Old 17th December 2019, 08:29 AM   #1
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Default IFICAH funding sale at Czerny's

Dear friends,
This sale (Czerny's auction N 96) took place on Friday 13th December and many interesting krisses were auctioned. The most striking one was this very nice replica royal kris from Sulawesi or Sumbawa which fetched 22,000 Euros! it supposedly dates from end 19th/ beginning 20th century, and the dress is made from gilt metal (silver?). What do you think?
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Old 17th December 2019, 10:45 AM   #2
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The loop is missing? Somehow the blade does not seem to be a good match with the dress? Just a feeling.
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Old 17th December 2019, 12:14 PM   #3
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A royal kris may not need a loop (passio sumange or toli-toli) since I was told that it is supposedly made to secure the blade in front of the king?
Yes, the blade looks old but is not of matching quality with the dress.
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Old 17th December 2019, 01:03 PM   #4
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just as an aside, i wonder who got 200,201 and 203, all erroneously described as sumatran whereas actually hard to find chotengs (at least the dress are choteng if not the blades)
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Examples of similar royal Bima krisses with more elegant blades. All with loops.
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Old 17th December 2019, 01:47 PM   #6
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@ Green:
Are you surprised? Most auctionhouses make mistakes and it is up to the observer to make his / her own conclusions.
I have seen so many errors in their (good quality!) catalogue about the origin and even bone handles are abusively marked as being ivory. That's a real concern.
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