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Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

Kris and sheath c.1853-5

Albumen print | 23.5 x 16.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2369592

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Photograph of a Malaysian kris and sheath. The kris features an ivory bird-shaped handle. The sheet is made from wood, encased in gold, and chased with foliage set with diamonds and enamel.


This kris exists in the Royal Collection, RCIN 62909.

  • Creator(s)

    Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68) (photographer)

  • 23.5 x 16.5 cm (image)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • albums
    Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Side arms (weapons)
              • Daggers
            • Armour