University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameKris
Object Number: 49-31-55A
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Sumatra (uncertain)
Malay Peninsula (uncertain)
Length: 37cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Mrs. Anton S. Lau, 1949
Other Number29-C-73 - Other Number


Slightly wavy blade, length close to that of Sumatra; 7 curves; pamor; blade base: trunk, lips, beard on short end; dentiform frets on long end; gilded, scalloped, and filigreed Malacca cup with thin wall crafted to resemble budding flower or leafy cup, as typical of peninsular Malaysia, Sulawesi, or Sumatra (Frey 53; Plate 12d); gilded bronze hulu hilt as from Sumatra; highly abstracted (Frey 49 Fig 11; 50-1) crouching ancestor figure? (Groneman 180-1) with extensive filigree ornamentation throughout and set with many small colorless gemstones


[Book] Frey, Edward. 1988. The Kris: Mystic Weapon of the Malay World. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 49 Fig 11e; 50-1; 53; Plate 12dView Objects related to this Type Citation
[Book] Groneman, Isaac. 2009. The Javanese Kris. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 180-1View Objects related to this Type Citation

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