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Dagger

Native NameKris
Object Number:49-31-16A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Javanese
Provenience: Indonesia
Java
Jogjakarta
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Metal
Wood
Length: 46 cm
Width: 8 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Mrs. Anton S. Lau, 1949
Other Number:29-J-726 - Other Number

Description

Dagger with wavy blade (13 curves), mottled watery patterns (pamor) in median stripe. Handle light brown wood, faceted, slightly bent (“young shoot on tree trunk”), with two carved areas (patra) on inner side, possibly stylized representations of masks or monster (kala) faces. Brass cup between blade and handle beaded top and bottom, with rows of larger beads and triangular prongs 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: 83, 241-2 Fig 1, 245 & -7 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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