Dagger and sheath

20th century
Artist Unidentified, Pacific Islander

Object Place: Indonesia


Sheath: Overall: 46.99 x 17.78 x 3.81 cm (18 1/2 x 7 x 1 1/2 in.) Dagger: Overall: 43.18 x 7.62 cm (17 x 3 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood and metal

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art


Swords, daggers, knives

This Indonesian dagger and sheath may be a kris. A ceremonial dagger and family heirloom, the kris is associated with male characteristics and a man’s personal heritage. Although the kris is typically noted for its serpentine blade shape, this one is has a straight blade, referred to as Pasopati.


Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart