Kris Hilts Masterpieces of Southeast Asian Art
Kris Hilts
Masterpieces of Southeast Asian Art
Text by Vanna Ghiringhelli
Photographer Mauro Magliani, and Barbara Piovan
  • Imprint: 5 Continents Editions
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2011
  • Price: $48.00
  • Trim Size: 12 x 9 12
  • ISBN: 88-7439-585-X
  • EAN: 9788874395859
  • Page Count: 128
  • Illustrations: 100 full-color illustrations
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: US & Canada

This book reveals the mysterious world of the kris—the hilts of the traditional weapons of Indonesia and Malaysia, which have long been collector’s items. Kris are objects of great beauty—daggers carved, chiseled, or incised by artist-craftsmen with deep knowledge of the symbolism and traditions of their lands. Java, Sumatra, Bali, Madura, Sulawesi, and Malaysia—each island has its own type of hilt, with its own symbolism and magic. Their images range from geometric abstractions to human, divine, plant and animal, and demon figures. They are made from wood, fossil, ivory, gold, and whalebone and serve as a gateway between the visible and invisible worlds.

About the author

Vanna Scolari Ghiringhelli is an expert in Eastern sidearms and vice president of the Italian-Asian Cultural Centre in Milan.