Kris (sword) with bone handle

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Kris (sword) with ivory, Philippines, Field Museum collection, Chicago


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  • Michael Armand Canilao November 1, 2013 - 1:07 am Reply

    The tip of this kris is commonly associated to the head of a “naga” or snake, curvy contour of the blade follows the body of the snake.

    Reptilian motiffs are common for the pre hispanic warrior class or “Timawa” reptilian designs are also common as tattoos and relief designs in warrior secondary burial wood coffins (i.e. Banton Romblon studied by Archaeologist Joan Tara Reyes).

    I am curious if this is indeed bone or ivory. Microscopic examination can reveal the material.

    • sarahlynnpablo November 1, 2013 - 3:02 pm Reply

      Thanks, Michael, for connecting the dots!

      We can ask the Field if they have examined this with a microscope…

  • Antonio Aguado March 24, 2014 - 8:22 pm Reply

    I dont think it is bone; may be dugong ivory. Proportions make it possibly a Samal barong.

  • Khalid March 27, 2014 - 10:45 am Reply

    Looks more like a Barong than a Kris.

    Some details here:

    Maybe get in touch with someone from a university or museum in Mindanao?

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