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Native NameKris
Object Number:42-30-371
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Java (uncertain)
Length: 47.2 cm
Width: 8.5 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Morgan Wing on behalf of the Estate of Florence C. Whitney, 1942
Other Number:99 - Other Number


Dagger (kris) with double-edged straight blade with bold, mottled watery markings (pamor). Bent ivory handle with large pointed end, in form of stylized seated human figure. Domed oval green stone with rings of large and small beading on forehead, surface pattern of interlocking spiral tendrils. Brass ring between blade and handle is decorated with a band of high relief four-petalled flowers, and beading. 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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Weapons and Defense (27 Oct 1951 - 06 Jan 1952) View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] Frey, Edward. 1988. The Kris: Mystic Weapon of the Malay World.. Oxford University Press. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pp. 35, 38, 47, 95, 98 (No. 913)View Objects related to this Type Citation
[Book] Groneman, Isaac. 2009. The Javanese Kris.. C. Zwartenkot Art Books - Leiden and KITLV Press. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 81, 284View Objects related to this Type Citation
[Book] Van Zonneveld, Albert G. 2001. Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago.. C. Zwartenkot Art Books. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 66 #288View Objects related to this Type Citation

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