Clap skates: every skater is using them nowadays. But forty years ago, no one had heard of them. Initially, no top skater would dare to switch to this new type of skates. But after the success of one youth team, the biggest revolution in speed skating took place. And it all started with this one test model from Amsterdam.
In de rubriek ‘Beeldspraak’ wordt de historische context van een object of beeld besproken.
De Javaanse kris: machtssymbool pur sang
In this Beeldspraak Maud examines how the Javanese kris is a symbol of power and the practice of politics in various ways. She describes how gift-giving has traditionally been a way of maintaining political relations and why building a collection of colonial objects is not a neutral activity. She links all this to the kris that is central to this article, in order to illustrate the direct link between the object and the past.