From: Madura (uncertain)

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Native Name Kris
Object Number P4675A
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Madurese
Provenience Madura (uncertain)
Section Oceanian
Materials Metal | Wood

Dagger with wavy blade (7 curves), blotchy watery pattering (pamor). Handle (wrangka) brown wood, curved to bulbous end, with plain base but otherwise carved overall with vaguely vegetal designs. Ring between blade and handle has rows of beading top and bottom. 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.

Length 41 cm

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