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Dagger (kris) and sheath

Wood, steel, copper, gold | 14.0 cm (Width) x 1.8 cm (Depth); 51.0 cm (Length) (whole object) | RCIN 62596

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  • Malaysian kris with a carved brown wood handle and gold beaded ferrule. Double-edged watered steel blade decorated with gold scrolling foliage at the top in relief, ending in a tiny Singa, a mythical beast combining features of the buffalo, elephant and serpent. The sheath of brown wood encased in part with copper and with a flared mouthpiece.
    Provenance

    Presented to George IV when Prince Regent by Stamford Raffles, 17 July 1813. Recorded in the Armoury at Carlton House with the note, 'A fine Serpant [sic] Shaped Blade, the Blade poisoned. N.B. These Daggers came Packed in a Mahogany Box inlaid with King wood, Silver Lock and Hinges, a Division in the Centre, with Silver Handle to it.'

  • Medium and techniques

    Wood, steel, copper, gold

    Measurements

    14.0 cm (Width) x 1.8 cm (Depth); 51.0 cm (Length) (whole object)

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  • Place of Production

    Malaysia