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Dagger and sheath

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This Indonesian dagger and sheath may be a kris. A ceremonial dagger and family heirloom, the kris is associated with male characteristics and a man's personal heritage. Although the kris is typically noted for its serpentine blade shape, this one is has a straight blade, referred to as Pasopati.

Provenance

Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date June 17th, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

Indonesia, 20th century

Object Place

Indonesia

Dimensions

Sheath: Overall: 46.99 x 17.78 x 3.81 cm (18 1/2 x 7 x 1 1/2 in.) Dagger: Overall: 43.18 x 7.62 cm (17 x 3 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2625

Medium or Technique

Wood and metal

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Warfare, hunting, & fishing, Swords, Daggers, Knives