From: Java

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Native Name Kris
Object Number 42-30-444A
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Javanese
Provenience Java
Section Oceanian
Materials Metal | Ivory

Dagger with wavy blade (7 curves) widening asymmetrically at base. Bold watery patterning (pamor) of wavy transverse bands. Ivory handle, deeply carved with scrolls and tendrils, may represent a stylized demon (raksasa). Brass(?) cup and ring between the blade and handle plain, with bands of beading. 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 43.5 cm
Credit Line Gift of Mrs. Morgan Wing on behalf of the Estate of Florence C. Whitney, 1942
Other Number 332 - Collector Number | 30 N S 19325 - Dealer's Number

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