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A burung style kris hilt

Number

7590

Origin

Indonesia, Sumatra (Riau)

Time

First half of the 20th century

Technique

Carving

Material

Wood

Dimensions

Length 101 mm

COMMENT. Burung is one of the "bird" kris hilt styles, which is distributed mainly on the Malay Peninsula. The name of the style simply means "bird" in Indonesian. The hilts are designed as a stylized bird or bird-like creature with a long beak, which is usually curved down. Sometimes such hilts are mistakenly identified as pangulu or pekaka (tajong) hilts. Although they are really closely related, but the differences are obvious. Thanks to the long beak, which forms an almost right angle with the kris blade, the burung style hilts are very convenient for stabbing.