kris holder

Kris holder of carved painted wood, in form of the goddess Durga. Brown body with heavy bare breasts, red painted skirt with gold motifs, belt with gold buckle, crown and short collar. Large earplugs in each ear. A slot in the left hand for the insertion of a keris. The right arm is bent with the hand in a gesture in which the thumb is touched by the first two fingers, all three pointing upwards. At the back of the headdress a stylised face. The long black hair is painted to hang down the back. Plaque in silver on plinth reads: 'This idol belonged to Majopahit, Emperor of the Indian Archpelago about the year 1470. Was brought from Balie Island to Soerbaya Java and presented to Captain J.R. Blacklin by the Rajah a decendant [sic] of the Emperor. 24th February 1882.'

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