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Javanese

Kris and Scabbard 1600 - 1810

RCIN 67495

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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The finest kris have elaborately decorated scabbards. They are usually comprised of a long narrow section and a prominent wide upper part called a wrongka which is often made from a different and more costly wood. The sheath itself may be covered with an ornamental metal casing called a pendok: in this case, it is made of gold enamelled in green and set with 60 diamonds.

At the top of this blade is a miniscule garuda head with three gold tongues, rubies for eyes and a gold headdress set with diamonds.

It was presented to George IV when Prince Regent by Stamford Raffles onĀ 17 July 1813.