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Kris Majapahit
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A Kris of this type is nowadays regarded as an original form of Kris, developed before 14th century. The pommel and hilt are hammered from one piece of steel. The pommel is straight. The hilt is elaborately carved in the shape of a human figure in profile, to lean against a stick. The sheath is wooden, and was made much later than the dagger. The name of this type of Kris originated from the name of the dynasty that reigned in Indonesia (with abode at Eastern Java) from 13th to 15th century. This type of Kris was used in later times. This example is the oldest in the Museum's collection of over 450 Indonesian weapons.

History of the Object
Acquired in 1960s in Java by Andrzej Wawrzyniak. It belonged to his first collection -Indonesian side arms. In 1973 he offered all his Indonesian collection to the Polish state, creating the Nusantara Museum in Warsaw. Since 1976 the name of the organization is The Asia and Pacific Museum.

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Type
Other 
Materials
kris: steel, sheath: wood 
Measurements
length: 24,8 cm, length of sheath: 21,2 cm 
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Indonesia; East Java 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 15th century 
Creation date
14th Century-15th Century 
Function
Dagger, also for ceremonial use. 
Acquisition
Acquired in 1973 as a gift of Andrzej Wawrzyniak. It is part of his Indonesian collection from which the Museum developed. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Asia and Pacific Museum in Warsaw 
Museum
Asia and Pacific Museum 
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