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Arts and crafts

The arts and crafts collection of the Feldman Family Museum contains more than 80 diverse items from many countries of the East, including Turkey, India, Tibet, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. The chronological limits are from the late 17th to the early 20th century. Metalworking, bone, wood and stone carving are best represented. The collection contains many rare hilts of krises, specific daggers that are typical for most of the Malay Archipelago and some areas in the mainland Southeast Asia. They are most closely associated with the culture of Indonesia. The kris hilts are striking in the very wide range of shapes, variety of materials used, and extremely complex symbolism. Each hilt, designed as an abstract, anthropomorphic or zoomorphic figure, is a vivid example of ethnic artistic tradition, which carries a sacred meaning and has magical significance. The kris hilts have long been valued as collectibles, perhaps more so than the kris itself as a weapon.