GIANYAR, Bali (BPN) – Dede’s Gallery held a Keris (traditional dagger) exhibition as the series on the 73rd anniversary of Indonesia Independence Day, on Saturday. The event, located in Celuk Village, Sukawati, Gianyar regency, featured hundreds of ancient and modern Kerises and also displayed ancient keris made of meteorites.
The owner of the gallery I Gede Made Dede Pande Sutama said that the exhibition concepted re-assembling the ancient and modern of archipelago civilization, was to revive the historical value of ancient and modern keris and make this activity as a review of the meteorite heritage and artifacts as the key to the world’s civilization.
The elected Deputy Regent of Gianyar Anak Agung Mayun, who attended the event, could not hide his admiration when he saw kerises on display at the Gallery.
He hoped that keris makers can develop and revive cultural values which will increase the economy.
“By preserving the cultural heritage and continuing its development, it is expected that the keris culture will become more global and become the center of attention of the international society,” said Anak Agung Mayun.
Meanwhile, Balinese cultural observer and Keris maker Pande Suteja Neka explained the philosophy of keris implies the meaning of sharpness and immortality which since November 25, 2005, has been approved as the history of Indonesian civilization by the United Nation through UNESCO and is recognized worldwide.