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.

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