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Donor Name:
King Maha Mongkut  Search this
Length, Minimum:
30cm ca.
Length, Maximum:
46cm ca.
Height, Minimum:
5cm ca.
Height, Maximum:
10cm ca.
Culture:
Siamese  Search this
Object Type:
Kris / Sheath
Place:
Thailand, Asia
Accession Date:
1859-Mar-09
Specimen Count:
2
Notes:
FROM CARD: "STRAIGHT WAVY EDGED STEEL BLADE WITH PROMINANT DAMASCENING, THE CENTER HAND OF WHICH SIMULATES THE SCALES ON SNAKE SKIN. UPPER END HAS SMALL HOOK ON ONE SIDE AND A SHORT EXTENSION. AT POINT OF INSERTION INTO THE HANDLE IS A HEAVILY STUDDED METAL FERRULE, GOLD COLOR BUT PROBABLY WASHED OVER SILVER AS A BASE. HANDLE IS SIMPLY CARVED OF WOOD IN THE FORM OF A BIRD'S HEAD WITH RED "STONES" FOR EYES AND TOP OF HEAD, WHICH HAVE BEEN IMPLIED AS "GARNETS", BUT APPEAR TO BE GLASS WITH A FOIL UNDERNEATH, AS IS THE ONE AT THE BASE OF THE SCABBARD. CALLED "KEW" WOOD. THIS SCABBARD IS MADE OF WOOD, THE LENGTH COVERED WITH DARK BLUE VELVET AND HAVING AT EACH END A SMALL GOLD COLORED FILIGREE METAL BAND. EXCEPT FOR THE ELABORATE DESIGN OF THE DAMSCENING THIS IS ONE OF THE SIMPLER TYPES OF KRISES. (ORIGINAL LISTING SPELLED THIS: "CHRISSOE".)"
Illustrated and described in McQuail, Lisa. 1997. "Treasures of Two Nations: Thai Royal Gifts to the United States of America" Smithsonian Institution. p. 86. Identified there as kris with aviform hilt, of Pamor steel, yew wood, gemstones, velvet, and gold.
Record Last Modified:
17 Jul 2018
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
266032
USNM Number:
E100-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8327112