Kris of Knaud

The Kris of Knaud, also known as the Keris of Knaud or Knaud's Kris, is the oldest known kris surviving in the world.wikipedia
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Kris

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The Kris of Knaud, also known as the Keris of Knaud or Knaud's Kris, is the oldest known kris surviving in the world.
Currently, the Kris of Knaud is the oldest known surviving kris in the world.

Majapahit

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Scientists suspect that due to its special features the kris is even older, but was decorated during the heyday of the Majapahit kingdom to celebrate an important event.
For example, Kris of Knaud, one of the oldest surviving kris is dated to 1264 Saka (which correspondends to 1342).

Paku Alam V

Given to Charles Knaud, a Dutch physician, by Paku Alam V in the 19th century, the kris is on display at the Tropenmuseum, Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam.

Tropenmuseum

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Given to Charles Knaud, a Dutch physician, by Paku Alam V in the 19th century, the kris is on display at the Tropenmuseum, Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam.

Ramayana

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The kris bears scenes from the Ramayana on an unusual thin copper layer which partially covers it.

Batavia, Dutch East Indies

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Charles Knaud (Batavia 1840 - Amsterdam 1897) was a Dutch physician and dukun (shaman) at the court of Yogyakarta.

Amsterdam

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Charles Knaud (Batavia 1840 - Amsterdam 1897) was a Dutch physician and dukun (shaman) at the court of Yogyakarta.

Dukun

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Charles Knaud (Batavia 1840 - Amsterdam 1897) was a Dutch physician and dukun (shaman) at the court of Yogyakarta.

Yogyakarta

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Charles Knaud (Batavia 1840 - Amsterdam 1897) was a Dutch physician and dukun (shaman) at the court of Yogyakarta.

Kejawèn

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Knaud, who had studied Javanese mysticism, treated and cured the son of Paku Alam V (1878-1900), ruler of the hereditary Pakualaman principality in the Sultanate of Yogyakarta, of what the ruler believed to be black magic (guna-guna).

Pakualaman

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Knaud, who had studied Javanese mysticism, treated and cured the son of Paku Alam V (1878-1900), ruler of the hereditary Pakualaman principality in the Sultanate of Yogyakarta, of what the ruler believed to be black magic (guna-guna).

Yogyakarta Sultanate

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Knaud, who had studied Javanese mysticism, treated and cured the son of Paku Alam V (1878-1900), ruler of the hereditary Pakualaman principality in the Sultanate of Yogyakarta, of what the ruler believed to be black magic (guna-guna).

World War II

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Long after Knaud's death, during World War II, his family buried the Keris in their garden to protect it during the Japanese occupation.

Indonesian National Revolution

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During the Indonesian National Revolution, they took it to the Netherlands, where it was safeguarded in the family’s bank safe.