University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameKris
Object Number:49-31-33A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Madurese
Provenience: Madura
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Metal
Ivory
Gemstone
Length: 48 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Mrs. Anton S. Lau, 1949
Other Number:29-M-728 - Other Number

Description

Slightly wavy blade with 3 curves. Black, with gold damascene scales along median line to represent naga [snake] body. At base of blade a gold damascened naga king head with crown, set with two colorless and two dark red stones. Gold damascened vine and leaf design on guard (Groneman 5 #1789), with dentiform frets along long end; mendak cup with balls and two bands of prongs. Madurese style ivory hilt (Groneman 194); finely carved in floral and leaf forms, wings each side, radiating sun with face in center of inner curve.


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