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Southeast Asian Sword and Scabbard

Object Number: 
1948.596ab
Date: 
ca. 1900
Medium: 
Steel, brass, wood, caning, twine
Dimensions: 
Overall: 30 1/2 x 7 x 1 7/8 in. ( 77.5 x 17.8 x 4.8 cm )
Description: 
Sword with double-edged steel blade with serpentine edges and small circles of brass inlaid near hilt; wooden handle with engraved brass bands and twine circling grip and elaborately carved pommel; wooden scabbard wrapped with narrow strips of caning.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this sword was acquired by the donor's husband, Colonel James Guthrie Harbord (1866-1947), while serving as Assistant Chief of Philippines Constabulary, U. S. Army, from 1903 to 1914. Though acquired in the Philippines, it may have actually come from elsewhere in the region. According to annotation of original accession records, the blade and pommel are that of an Indonesian/Malayan "kris" (KEW 7/27/92).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. James G. Harbord
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group