From: Madura (uncertain)

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Native Name Kris
Object Number 42-30-456A
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Madurese
Provenience Madura (uncertain)
Section Oceanian
Materials Metal | Wood

Wavy blade (9 curves), widening asymetrically at base. Watery markings (pamor). Small plain beaded ring (mendak) between blade and hilt. Large dark brown wood hilt, boldly carved with head of bird (parrot or cockatoo), beak pointing downwards. An example 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 46.2 cm
Credit Line Gift of Mrs. Morgan Wing on behalf of the Estate of Florence C. Whitney, 1942
Other Number 539 - Other Number

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