From: Java (uncertain) | Madura (uncertain)

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Native Name Kris
Object Number 42-30-460A
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Javanese
Provenience Java (uncertain) | Madura (uncertain)
Section Oceanian
Materials Metal | Horn (uncertain)

Dagger with wavy blade (9 curves), widening asymetrically at base. Blotchy watery patterning (pamor). Wood hilt acutely bent, entire surface deeply and intricately carved. An example 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.

Length 46.3 cm
Width 15 cm
Credit Line Gift of Mrs. Morgan Wing on behalf of the Estate of Florence C. Whitney, 1942
Other Number 119 - Collector Number

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