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Old 6th October 2017, 10:41 AM   #1
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Default Malaysian Parrot Hulu

Hello everyone! I was in Malaysia recently and found this interesting keris hulu in the shape of a parrot. Here are pictures of it attached to my peninsular keris. Is it a distinct Malaysian style? I would greatly appreciate your insights. Thank you.
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Old 6th October 2017, 12:56 PM   #2
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The simple answer to your question is yes, the parrot hilt is a distinct Malay style. While not extremely common we see it enough to say it is established. I don't know exactly how long this form has existed. I have seen older versions of it, but nothing that goes back centuries, so it may have come into being in the late 19th or early 20th century. If someone has older examples i'd love to see them. Here is the one i own.
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And here is my one!
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Thanks Gustav. It was very interesting rereading that thread.
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Old 8th October 2017, 04:47 PM   #6
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The simple answer to your question is yes, the parrot hilt is a distinct Malay style. While not extremely common we see it enough to say it is established. I don't know exactly how long this form has existed. I have seen older versions of it, but nothing that goes back centuries, so it may have come into being in the late 19th or early 20th century. If someone has older examples i'd love to see them. Here is the one i own.


Thanks for your insights David! Much appreciated.

Thanks Detlef and Gustav too!


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