Decorative and Applied Arts of Indonesia

The kris (or keris) in an indigenous Indonesian asymmetrical dagger, which gained spread elsewhere in South-East Asia. No other ‘national weaponry’ in the world seems to have absorbed the country’s history, traditions and beliefs to such an extent as the kris has done. In a most miraculous way traditional animalistic beliefs, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity, which penetrated the local culture, all entwined in the kris, making it a welcome collectible item with the Western collectors of exotic and ethnic weaponry.

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