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Dagger

Native NameKris
Object Number:CG93-10-10A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Javanese
Provenience: Java (uncertain)
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Metal
Wood
Length: 41.5 cm

Description

Dagger with wavy blade (9 curves), asymmetrically widening at base. Pronounced watery patterning (pamor). Bent hilt, with rounded band at base and bulbous end, is of polished medium brown wood with two dark splotches (kaju pellet), Beaded cup between handle and top of blade. 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. 247-8 (#14)View Objects related to this Type Citation

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