Kris of Governor-General Baud, Anonymous, 1834

Kris of Governor-General Baud, Anonymous, 1834

iron, l 48.8cm × w 10.5cm × d 4.5cm. More details

J.C. Baud, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies, was presented with this kris by Mangkoe Adie Ningrat, ruler of Pamekasan, during his inspection tour on Java and Madura in 1834. The exchange of gifts between native rulers and Dutch officials was important in maintaining good diplomatic relations. A kris, as a symbol of power that protected its wearer against evil, was a highly appropriate gift. Translation of inscriptions: To H[is] E[xcellency] the Gov[ernor] Gen[eral] ad interim of the Dutch East Indies J:C: Baud; (other side): From the Pan[gera]n of Panakassan, Mangkoe Adie Ningrat / 7 January.

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