knives (weapons (currency & wealth))

Kris sajen, often called an amulet kris or Kris Majapahit. Hilt and blade made or iron and forged from a single piece. Waved blade, with hilt in the form of a standing stylised human figure with arms akimbo.

This type of kris is said to be a potent amulet which protects the crops against disease and vermin. Often passed down the generations as an heirloom or pusaka.

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