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Kris
RMV 1403-1843
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A Majapahit kris. Special because it was found in the central stupa of the Borobudur. By dr Pieter ter Keurs, Curator Insular Southeast Asian Collections, Leiden.

History of the Object
A Majapahit kris is a small kris with the hilt and the blade made in one piece. The name Majapahit kris does not automatically mean that the kris originates from the Majapahit empire (East Java 15th and 16th century). Some are older and most of them are from a later date. This kris adds to the mysteries around the Borobudur. It was found in the Central stupa of the Buddhist monument which was built in the 8th century. The kris dates from the 15th century A kris is a dagger (with two sharp sides) with many ritual and symbolic levels of meaning. A kris is supposed to be able to overpower people by making them sick and even kill them. A kris can also protect people (e.g., from being harassed by evil spirits) or a house (e.g., from being burnt down by a fire).

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Type
Weaponry 
Materials
Bronze or iron 
Measurements
Width 4,8 cm. Length 28,3 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Indonesia ; Java 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 16th century 
Creation date
14th Century; 16th Century (possibly) 
Function
Ceremonial 
Acquisition
Acquired by the National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden in 1845. Moved to the National Museum of Ethnology in 1903. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, the Netherlands 
Museum
National Museum of Ethnology, Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde 
Credit line
National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, the Netherlands 

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