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Dagger

Native NameKris
Object Number:A1398A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Javanese
Provenience: Java
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Metal
Length: 41 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Thomas J. Collins, 1914

Description

Dagger with wavy blade (7 curves), asymmetrically widening at one side of the base. Indistinct watery patterning (pamor). Hilt of brown wood, carved to represent a demon (raksasa), head bent forward and hands on knees, seated on a round stool decorated with scrolls in triangular areas. Carved necklace, bracelets and ankle bands. Ring between blade and hilt, usually metal, is wood, with incised diagonal lines.

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: pp. 34, 35View 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: 181 #84View Objects related to this Type Citation

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