Accession Nr.: 60.66.1-2
Type: bone objects; religious or cult object; weapons and armament; metalwork
Date of production:
16 − 19th century
Place of production:
Materials/Techniques: iron, gold, ivory, wood; forged chiselled, openwork, carved
Dimensions: length: 45 cm
Wavy-edged dagger, kris (Indonesian: keris). With a figure of a lion seated on one side of the blade. With a carved bone hilt and a wooden handle guard and sheath covered with gold plates. An object richly decorated with floral ornamentation.
For the Indonesians, the kris is much more than a simple weapon, a spectacular and effective expression of Javanese spirituality, a bearer of spiritual power, a symbol of heroism and a status symbol.