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Knife

Native NameKris
Object Number:49-31-59A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Malay
Provenience: Malay Peninsula (uncertain)
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Metal
Wood
Peel
Length: 38.5 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Mrs. Anton S. Lau, 1949
Other Number:29-C-75 - Other Number

Description

Broad, wavy blade (5 curves). Raised median ridge at point. Two deep grooves following the curves of the rest of the blade and forming the body of a snake (naga), which at the top curves, acquires scales, and ends in the snake's open mouthed head, with extended tongue. Gilded cup (mendak) with scalloped edges shaped and etched as leaves (?). Polished brown wood hilt with spherical bottom, top bent at an angle, like a bent head.

Bibliography:

[Book] Frey, Edward. 1988. The Kris: Mystic Weapon of the Malay World.. Oxford University Press. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 49, Fig. 11 (e or g) View Objects related to this Type Citation
[Article] Fontaine, Patrice. 2005. Le Kriss: elements d'analyse stylistique.. pg. pp. 117-147 Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Fig. 3, u and vView Objects related to this Type Citation
[Article] Fontaine, Patrice. 2005. Le Kriss: elements d'analyse stylistique.. pg. pp. 117-147 Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Fig. 5, D, kView Objects related to this Type Citation

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