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Dagger

Native NameKris
Object Number:49-31-22A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Javanese
Provenience: Indonesia
Java
Jogjakarta
Date Made: Circa 1800?
Early Date: 1775
Late Date: 1825
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Metal
Ivory
Length: 43.2 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Mrs. Anton S. Lau, 1949
Other Number:29-J-730 - Other Number

Description

Dagger with wavy blade (11 curves), watery mottled patterning (pamor) concentrated in broad median band along length. On short end of guard, two decorative gold patches. Ivory handle, bent at end, in form of seated figure with hands on knees, on plain silver colored metal ring base. Cup between blade and handle has beading top and bottom with a row of inlaid red and white stones (one missing) in between. 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: 189 #254, 247-8 Fig. 12View 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: 34View Objects related to this Type Citation

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