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Dagger

Native NameKris
Object Number:42-30-369A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Bugis
Provenience: Sulawesi (uncertain)
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Metal
Wood
Length: 45 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Morgan Wing on behalf of the Estate of Florence C. Whitney, 1942
Other Number:63 - Other Number

Description

Dagger with a straight blade, widening asymmetrically at base. Surface design of small repeated triangles along both edges. Guard inlaid with wavy gold vine and leaf design, small gold hook beneath. Smooth polished wood hilt, bulbous and bent, with decorative carving on outer curve. Hilt style is typical of southern Sulawesi (Celebes). Brass cup with concentric ridges. 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: Figure 11 (g) View Objects related to this Type Citation
[Article] Fontaine, Patrice. 2005. Le Kriss: elements d'analyse stylistique.. pg. pp. 117-147 Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Fig 3, wView Objects related to this Type Citation

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