Keris: Power and Identity

Title: Keris: Power and Identity

Price: RM 145.00 (excluding shipping charges)

Size: (W)24cm X (H)29cm

Year: 2022

ISBN No: 978-983-2591-23-8

Pages: 228, Hardcover

Availability: This publication is open for Pre-Order and it will be available for sale at the Museum Shop starting from 2nd December 2022. To pre-order, email us at,my


Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is publishing a catalogue featuring one of the most celebrated object in the Malay World entitled Keris: Power and Identity. The catalogue will highlight almost 100 keris from the rich collection of His Royal Highness Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj, the current Sultan of Selangor, and the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

The fully descriptive and illustrative catalogue takes readers on a journey of the history of the keris to appreciate the finest craftsmanship on the keris with its elaborate decorations of gold, silver and gemstones as well as in the art of metallurgy and how it became a cultural symbol in the Malay World. The grandiosity of the exquisite keris will be seen through the distinctive shapes, styles and decorative elements of keris with its the regional variation as well its affiliation with the royals in this region.

The catalogue will be one of the rare publication on keris to illustrate the Islamic elements such as inscriptions, calligraphic motifs as well the adaptation of symbolism from the pre-Islamic era to the Islamic era found on the revered dagger.