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Philippines Moro Sundang "Kris / keris" Sword

Late 19th to early-mid 20th century Moro Sundang kris sword from the Maguindanao tribe of the west coast of Mindanao Philippines.†Blade has been cleaned, it shows laminated pattern and hardened edge. Please see pictures.

 

Overall length:†64.8 cm (25 1/2 inches)
Blade length:
†52.8 cm (20 3/4 inches)
Handle length:
†12 cm (4 3/4 inches)

moro kris sword

moro kris sword

moro kris sword

moro kris sword

The sword was collected with no scabbard. I will include a new one made on 2004 by an avid collector and restorer of such items. The scabbard was created with quality inlaid with beautiful mother of pearl moro designs. some damage on the upper part of the scabbard when a friend accidentally dropped it, not a major one though.

moro kris sword

Notes:

 

The kris is the only one of the three weapons that was used by nearly all Moro peoples, was the most famous, and symbolic of a common bond. Variations are found in every Moro tribe and it was a key symbol of a manís status and rank in society as well as being a powerful talisman. Kris blades are wide at the base, double-edged, and can be waved, half-waved half-straight, or straight (straight blades were more practical in combat). Older kris had fewer waves and the waves were deeper and wider. Over time the waves became shallower, tighter, and more numerous and therefore required greater skill to prevent the blade bouncing off or being stuck in an enemyís body. The higher number of waves meant the more potent the kris was in talismanic power. Sometimes engravings (often filled in with brass or silver inlay) are found on the blade in plant motifs (vines, foliage, etc.) or Arabic script. Many kris blades are forged with fullers. Moro kris are cutting and slashing swords versus the stabbing keris of the Malay and Indonesians. Kris range from 45 to 65 centimeters (18 to 26 inches) in length. Older kris before the 19th century tended to be smaller in size. Laminated steel patterns are sometimes evident. Opposite the hook like fretwork on the guard of the blade is a cavity in the form of an elephant, eagle, or mouth of a naga (a mythical snake).†

Hilts of krises are either straight or slightly curved. Commonly the pommel is in the form of a horse hoof, or a stylized cockatoo head with beak and crest. Usually the pommel is made of hardwood burl with the handle being wrapped in lacquered fiber. Upper-class kris pommels are often made of ivory, silver, brass, or other exotic materials with handles wrapped in chased bands of silver or swassa (copper-gold alloy) or braided wire. Large extravagant cockatoo pommels appeared toward the end of the 19th century and are called junggayan. Pommels before the 19th century were very small.†

Moro kris scabbards were made of wide grain native hardwoods like mahogany, teak, and narra, lashed together with rattan or metal strips. Sometimes the crosspiece is separate from the bottom, but more often they are carved together. Around the mid-20th century mother-of-pearl was introduced to scabbard work and kris pommels. Scabbards of the nobility are bound with bands of plain or chased silver, brass, or swassa instead of rattan bindings. Some nobility scabbards even have crosspieces made of ivory or horn.

 

 

 

There are two types of kris used by the Moros of the Philippines. Kalis is the name used by the Tausugs, Samals and Yakans. In the Mindanao it is called Sundang and is used by the Maranaos, Maguindanos and others. The Moro kris belongs to larger family of kris found in South East Asia: Indonesia, Borneo, Malaysia and part of Thailand. Its origin is mostly likely East Java near Yogya and Solo. The Moro kris has the most varied design and style amongst the bladed weapons found in the Philippines.†

 

The Moro Kris evolved from use in combat. The double edge blade is an advantage where there are numerous opponents, the blade can be used to cut in an upward stroke. A single edge blade in contrast , needs to be turned in the opposite direction to do the same cut.†

 

The Moro kris is highly regarded by the people of Mindanao and Sulu. It is used as a symbol of authority and prestige.


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