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Dagger

Native NameKris
Object Number:49-31-30A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Javanese
Provenience: Java
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Metal
Whale Ivory (uncertain)
Wood
Length: 41.5 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Mrs. Anton S. Lau, 1949
Other Number:29-J-719 - Other Number

Description

Dagger with a straight blade with a median ridge, pronounced watery patterning (pamor). The tapering ivory handle, very slightly bent, has a plain base then is deeply carved in the shape of curling leaves. The ring and cup between the blade and handle are decorated with corded rings top and bottom, with a central band of beaded semi-circular swags. 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] Frey, Edward. 1988. The Kris: Mystic Weapon of the Malay World.. Oxford University Press. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 47; Plate 12cView Objects related to this Type Citation

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