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Kris and sheath 1700 - 1810

RCIN 67536

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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The ivory hilt of this kris takes the form of a half-bird, half-man known as ‘Jawa Demam’. The name derives from the word ‘feverish’ (demam), since the figure appears to be crouching and shivering. At the centre of the scabbard is a large gold filigree rose set with rubies.

It was presented to George IV when Prince Regent by Stamford Raffles, 10 May 1817.