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Dagger

Native NameKris
Object Number:49-31-49A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Balinese
Provenience: Bali (Indonesia)
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Metal
Wood
Gemstone
Length: 55 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Mrs. Anton S. Lau, 1949
Other Number:29-B-72 - Other Number

Description

Wavy, long blade typical of Balinese; 13 curves; black steel with close elaborate pamor wos wutah?; blade base: open naga mouth, neck, bent hook (Groneman 247-8 #14), beard, hollow on short end; extensive dentiform frets on long end; Bali selut (Frey12a): thin sheet gold over metal, set with zircons?, spinel rubies and rose quartz to match selut; large hilt: raksasa figure (Groneman 17 #1)

Bibliography:

[Book] Groneman, Isaac. 2009. The Javanese Kris.. C. Zwartenkot Art Books - Leiden and KITLV Press. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 17 #1, 222 #112, 247-8 #14View 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: Plate 12aView Objects related to this Type Citation

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