This was an illustration from an article in the The Illustrated London News (Vol. 120 CXX, 1901), which described: “A “Kris”, known as the “Perak Kris”, handed down from Jamiballah, Sultan of Perak in 1786, to the present Sultan, and presented by him.” The illustration also include gifts from other British colonies in Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.
1. SembangKuala hopes to find out about the so-called “Perak Kris” and we hope to do a post on this subject in due course.
2. The Sultans of Perak who lived in 1786 were Sultan Alauddin Mansur Shah and Sultan Ahmaddin Shah. It is not surprising to see old press clippings containing erroneous descriptions as this, especialy when it concerns far-flung lands with names foreign to the English-speaking readers, perhaps to dazzle them with some form of mystique and Eastern promise!