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Dagger

Native NameKris
Object Number:42-30-441A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Java
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Metal
Ivory
Length: 46.5 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Morgan Wing on behalf of the Estate of Florence C. Whitney, 1942
Other Number:506 - Other Number

Description

Dagger with straight blade with watery patterns (pamor). Straight ivory (?) hilt with deeply cut overall cross-hatching. The metal ring between the blade and the handle has a single row of beads. 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.

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