How do you write a history about people who cannot be found in archives? That question is the central part of Suze Zijlstra’s De voormoeders. Dasja Zonneveldt read and reviewed the book.
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.