Indonesian antiques.

Indonesian antiques and collectables, like brass, keris, wayang and more from Tempo dulu; Nederlands Indie.
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Kalender uit nederlands Indie, 1930. Opvallend is dat de feestdagen van alle etnische groeperingen hierop zijn weeggegeven.

Kalender uit nederlands Indie, 1930. Opvallend is dat de feestdagen van alle etnische groeperingen hierop zijn weeggegeven.

Betel cutter shaped like a dragon, iron damascened in silver: India, late 19th century © National Museums Scotland

Betel cutter shaped like a dragon, iron damascened in silver: India, late century © National Museums Scotland

Antique brass Javanese table bell or gong. To call your servant. Nicely decorated with wayang characters on the bell, and Naga's on the arch. Java, around 1910.

Antique brass Javanese table bell or gong. To call your servant. Nicely decorated with wayang characters on the bell, and Naga's on the arch. Java, around

Almost identical betelnut cutter from my own collection. Notice the head is different, this head is the head of Ganesh. Indonesian betelnut cutters are made from iron, those from India mostly from brass.

Almost identical betelnut cutter from my own collection. Notice the head is different, this head is the head of Ganesh. Indonesian betelnut cutters are made from iron, those from India mostly from brass.

Cockspures were and are still being used in cockfights. These 5 cm.long blades were tied to the cocks legs, to make the fight more spectacular. The loser is always killed, if not dead already, and eaten. Bali 1940's.

Cockspures were and are still being used in cockfights. These 5 cm.long blades were tied to the cocks legs, to make the fight more spectacular. The loser is always killed, if not dead already, and eaten.

Klewang from Atjeh. extra long blade with  hilt decorated with traditional motifs. A sword like this may have been used in the Atjeh wars against the Dutch in 1873-1914.

Klewang from Atjeh. extra long blade with hilt decorated with traditional motifs. A sword like this may have been used in the Atjeh wars against the Dutch in

Mandau or Borneo sword.

Mandau or Borneo sword.

KNIL sabel

Tribal collectables, Art and antiques from Indonesia.

Bottom of this antique Javanese Sirihbowl, is the best place to look for its age. When deerbrown, irragular, and deposits in the rim (remaining clay from the castingproces), you know you have an old piece. In the centre there should always be a geometrical figure, normally a small square, but in this case a double star. It is believed to be a maker's mark.

Bottom of this antique Javanese Sirihbowl, is the best place to look for its age. When deerbrown, irragular, and deposits in the rim (remaining clay from the castingproces), you know you have an old piece. In the centre there should always be a geometrical figure, normally a small square, but in this case a double star. It is believed to be a maker's mark.

Ancient Batik, showing school items, like the alphabet, blackboard, pencils and cahiers. Java, 1940's

Ancient Batik, showing school items, like the alphabet, blackboard, pencils and cahiers. Java, 1940's

On the same keris you can easily determine the "pamor", a difficult technique to decorate the metal. Its is established by bending en folding two different colored metals, while forging the blade, also called damascene.

On the same keris you can easily determine the "pamor", a difficult technique to decorate the metal. Its is established by bending en folding two different colored metals, while forging the blade, also called damascene.

Buginese kris, or keris. The Buginese were, and still are, a very independant indonesian tribe, who live mainly on small islands  near Macassar, Celebes. This keris is around 100 years old.

Buginese kris, or keris. The Buginese were, and still are, a very independant indonesian tribe, who live mainly on small islands near Macassar, Celebes. This keris is around 100 years old.

Small brass sirihbox, used to keep your betelnut accesories. Sumatra, end 19th century. Originaly these boxes should have a division plate at about 1/3 . to keep contents separated. Later this separation was often removed, to use it as a regular tabacco box.

Small brass sirihbox, used to keep your betelnut accesories. Sumatra, end century. Originaly these boxes should have a division plate at about . to keep contents separated. Later this separation was often removed, to use it as a regular tabacco box.

Large brass jarr , Java around 1880.

Large brass jarr , Java around

Nicely decorated brass kettle, Java around 1880, The decoration shows a Naga, the mythical seasnake.

Nicely decorated brass kettle, Java around The decoration shows a Naga, the mythical seasnake.

Indische ghendi (waterfles) , Java,rond 1900.

Indische ghendi (waterfles) , Java,rond 1900.

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