Sword (Kris)

A kris sword of the Maranao-people from the South of Philippines. It has a diminutive ivory pommel for its blade size that might be a later mounting. The fitting of the blade to the handle indicates that it is a later local repair, probably because it has been damaged in use. The red painting on the back and top of the sheath is an unusual feature and the black colour at the toe might be intended to look like buffalo horn.

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