Among the ‘kris’ are ones that have been used by Mataram Sultan Agung, Mataram Senopaten from Yogyakarta and Mataram Amangkurat from Kartasura. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)
Dozens of Mataram-era kris (ceremonial Javanese daggers) are being exhibited for a week at Balai Sudjatmoko in Surakarta, Central Java, starting Monday.
Among the kris are ones that have been used by Mataram Sultan Agung, Mataram Senopaten from Yogyakarta and Mataram Amangkurat from Kartasura.
“During the Mataram era, kris art reached its peak. Many great kris created during those times include Nogososro and Gajahsingo,” the venue’s manager Yunanto Sutyastomo told The Jakarta Post on Thursday, adding that the items were part of the Padepokan Keris Brojobuwono collection owned by Basuki Teguh Yuwono, who is a master craftsman and lecturer at the Kris and Traditional Weapons Program at the Indonesian Arts Institute (ISI) Surakarta’s Arts and Design Faculty.
In addition to kris, the exhibition also features workshops and seminars on kris identification, as it aims to introduce Mataram-era kris to the public as an artwork.