From: Java (uncertain)

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Native Name Kris
Object Number P4669A
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Javanese
Provenience Java (uncertain)
Section Oceanian
Materials Metal | Ivory

Dagger with very slightly wavy blade (3 curves) (half wavy half straight?), asymmetrically widening at base. Raised median ridge. Bold watery patterning (pamor) at broad end. Hilt ivory (?), slightly curved, tapering, pierced along edges with six round holes. One face cross-hatched, rest divided into five decorated zones by transverse bands.Two rings between blade and hilt, one small and plain surmounted by another which is separate, broad, decoratively carved and somewhat askew. One of a class of daggers called kris, defined by the widening at one side of the blade base. Kris are not only weapons but also works of art and objects of mythical, ritual, and ceremonial significance: in 2005, UNESCO gave the title “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” to the kris of Indonesia.

Length 47.5 cm

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