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Dagger

Native NameKris
Object Number:49-31-19A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Javanese
Provenience: Indonesia
Java
Jogjakarta
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Metal
Wood
Length: 43.5 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Mrs. Anton S. Lau, 1949
Other Number:29-J-713 - Other Number

Description

Dagger with straight black blade, with watery mottled patterning (pamor). Dark brown wood handle, faceted and slightly bent (“young shoot in tree trunk”), with two carvings (patra) on the inner side, possibly stylized representations of masks or monster (kala) faces. Yellow metal cup between blade and handle has beading top and bottom, with rows of balls and triangular prongs in between. Purchased separately from sheath 49-31-19B. 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: p. 184, Inv. Nr. 3 (WZ)View Objects related to this Type Citation

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