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Dagger

Native NameKris
Object Number:49-31-28A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Javanese
Provenience: Indonesia
Java
Jogjakarta (uncertain)
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Metal
Wood
Length: 48 cm
Width: 8.5 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Mrs. Anton S. Lau, 1949
Other Number:29-J-720 - Other Number

Description

Dagger with wavy blade (13 curves) and raised median ridge from which flow distinct diagonal watery markings (pamor) resembling leaves on a stem. Rich brown wood handle, very slightly bent, carved with mostly vegetal motifs above a plain base (cracked). Cup between blade and handle is gilded (?) with a row of beading around the top and a central band with a flowering vine in relief. Dagger with half straight, half wavy blade (3 shallow curves), asymmetrically widening at base. Bent, faceted wood hilt (“young shoot in tree trunk”), with two carvings on the inner side, possibly the stylized representations of masks or monster (kala) faces. Crack at bottom.The metal ring between the blade and the hilt has bands of balls, prongs and beading.

Dagger with straight, thin blade with some watery patterning (pamor). Bent, faceted wood handle (“young shoot in tree trunk”) with two carvings on the inner side, possibly the stylized representations of masks or monster (kala) faces. The metal ring between the blade and the handle is decorated with beading top and bottom and bands of prongs and balls 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: 4, 35, 48 Fig 10i, Plate CView 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: 17 #1View Objects related to this Type Citation

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