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Kris
RMV 360-6021
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A beautiful kris from South Sulawesi. Apart from the beauty of both the hilt and sheath, this kris is special because of its age. It is certain that it dates from the 17th century and it could even have been made earlier. By Dr. Pieter ter Keurs, Curator Insular Southeast Asian Collections, Leiden.

History of the Object
The kris was part of the collection of Stadhouder William IV (1711-1751), who was also Head of the Dutch East Indies Company (V.O.C.). Most likely it was a gift of the Sultan of Goa to the highest official of the V.O.C. (William IV).

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Steel; gold; precious stones; wood; and gold thread 
Measurements
Length 44,4 cm.  
Creator name
A Javanese goldsmith 
Creator date
Where it was made
Indonesia, Sulawesi, Tengah 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
Before 1750 
Function
Ceremonial kris 
Acquisition
It was in the Koninklijk Kabinet van Zeldzaamheden (Royal Cabinet of Rarities) in the Hague until 1883 when part of this collection was transferred to the National Museum of Ethnology. Another part went to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. 
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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