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Dagger

P3261A

From: Java

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Native Name Kris
Object Number P3261A
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Javanese
Provenience Java
Section Oceanian
Materials Metal | Wood
Description

Dagger with straight, thin blade, asymmetrically widening at base. Sparse, very clearly defined 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 has rings of beading top and bottom, and zig-zag line between tiny beads in center.

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.

Length 44.2 cm
Other Number 255 - Other Number

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