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U991.7.11
Artist / Maker : Unknown
Title : Nepalese Kukri and Sheath
Date (Execution) : n.d.
Geographical Origin : Nepal
Cultural Group :
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Medium / Material  : Steel; Wood; Skin
Support / Technique :
Object Type : machetes (knives)
Visual Description : The kukri is a curved weapon resembling a machete. The cutting edge is on the inside curve and the outer edge is blunt. Primarily used for cutting dense jungle growth, kukris were also used in battle. It is said that no warrior may sheath his kukri without first drawing blood. Kukris vary from plain government issue to more elaborate, higher quality ones with silver embellished sheaths. The smaller sheaths usually held a blunt sharpening steel and a small skinning knife. Kukris were also used in ceremonial contexts. The semi-circular notch functions to prevent blood from dripping down the hilt. The blade surface is smooth except for two parallel grooves near the outer edge.
Accession # : U991.7.11
Width (cm) : 6.50
Height (cm) : 33.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Gift of Dr. Bruce L. and Mrs. Dorothy E. Brown
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