Indonesian, Java - Handle of a Kris, 19th century

Indonesian, Java

Handle of a Kris (ceremonial knife), 19th century

Gilded copper, wood core, 10.8 cm (4 1/4 in.) length

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Accession number

M18e79

Provenance

Probably purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner in Surabaya or Yogyakarta, Java, December 1883.

Bibliography

Alan Chong and Noriko Murai. Journeys East: Isabella Stewart Gardner and Asia. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2009), p. 457, fig. 5. (as Javanese, dated 19th century)


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Commentary

In December 1883, Isabella and Jack Gardner bought krises – ceremonial Javanese knives – in Surabaya and Yogyakarta (pp. 262, 266), and Isabella noted how they were worn by the Javanese.

Source: “Objects from Cambodia and Java,” in Journeys East: Isabella Stewart Gardner and Asia, edited by Alan Chong and Noriko Murai (Boston: ISGM and Gutenberg Periscope, 2009): 457.

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