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Dagger

Native NameKris
Object Number:49-31-25A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Javanese
Provenience: Indonesia
Java
Jogjakarta (uncertain)
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Metal
Bone
Length: 49 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Mrs. Anton S. Lau, 1949

Description

Dagger with wavy blade (9 curves), black with pronounced and clear mottled watery patterning (pamor) on both blade and guard. Bone (?) handle, slightly bent, carved in form of a demon (raksasa) with fangs and five long wavy locks of hair. Metal cup between blade and handle has beading top and bottom with rings of balls and triangular prongs in between. 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] Frey, Edward. 1988. The Kris: Mystic Weapon of the Malay World.. Oxford University Press. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 52View Objects related to this Type Citation
[Book] Groneman, Isaac. 2009. The Javanese Kris.. C. Zwartenkot Art Books - Leiden and KITLV Press. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 190-1View Objects related to this Type Citation

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