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Kris and Scabbard 1600 - 1810

Iron, gold, rubies, diamonds, wood | RCIN 67495

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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  • Javanese kris and sheath. The pattern-welded iron blade has six waves, and is decorated at the top (the ganja) with a garuda head with three gold tongues, rubies for eyes and a gold headdress set with diamonds. At either side of this is a gold plant set with six diamonds, and at the rear a band with five diamonds. The rosewood hilt is carved with a dragon mask, and the mendaq (collar) is of gold set with twelve diamonds. The scabbard is decorated with a gold panel at the front chiselled with intertwined foliage enamelled in green and set with sixty diamonds.

    The blade is possibly seventeenth century.


    Presented to George IV when Prince Regent by Stamford Raffles, 17 July 1813. Raffles was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Java in September 1811, and served in that capacity until March 1816.

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    Iron, gold, rubies, diamonds, wood

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