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Dagger

Native NameKris
Object Number:P4669A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Javanese
Provenience: Java (uncertain)
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Metal
Ivory
Length: 47.5 cm

Description

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.

Bibliography:

[Book] Groneman, Isaac. 2009. The Javanese Kris.. C. Zwartenkot Art Books - Leiden and KITLV Press. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pp. 245 & 247 (Fig 12, Fig 15)View Objects related to this Type Citation
[Book] Frey, Edward. 1988. The Kris: Mystic Weapon of the Malay World.. Oxford University Press. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 47, 48 Fig 10lView Objects related to this Type Citation

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