University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameKris
Object Number: 49-31-59A
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Malay
Provenience: Malay Peninsula (uncertain)
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Metal
Wood
Peel
Length: 38.5cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Mrs. Anton S. Lau, 1949
Other Number29-C-75 - Other Number

Description

Wavy, heavy blade, as from Bali; 5 curves; steel, no pamor; blade base: fine naga head with headdress that resembles budding flower, open mouth, teeth, tongue, body with scales, and several sharp protrusions at short end; unscaled naga body extends up medial line of blade, bordered by deep grooves (Frey Plate 13e); curling dentiform frets on long end; guard as wavy edge; gilded metal Malacca cup engraved and bordered with arches as from Sumatra, Malay Peninsula, or Sulawesi (Frey Plate 7b; Plate 12d; 53); stem has two protruding ridges; brown wood hilt, plain, Garuda? outline, head turned to one side, bulbous base, as from Sumatra (Frey Plate 9c) or Malay Peninsula (Frey Plate 7b)


Bibliography:

[Book] Frey, Edward. 1988. The Kris: Mystic Weapon of the Malay World. : Page/Fig./Plate: 53; Plates 7b, 9c, 12d, 13eView Objects cited in this Publication

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