A century Javanese Keris, with 14th blade.

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A century Javanese Keris, with 14th blade.

Umur (age): From the Javanese Hindu Kingdom of Blambangan.

The Keris with a hand forged ‘7 Luk’ waved Wilah (blade), consists of Pamor steel forged in different layers of iron (pattern type: ‘Putri Kenurung’ and small ‘Pulau Tirto’ = Islands). Dapur in ‘Sempana’ shape and ‘Kembang Kacang Pugot’. The Wilah. Copper Mendak (cuff) of Sumatra type, between hilt and blade. The Ukiran (Keris hilt) in ‘Jejeran Yudo Winatan’ shape, and carved from Cendana Jawa wood. Warangka (sheath) of ‘Gayaman Kagok Gandhon’ type (‘kidney’ shaped) and made from Pelet Mbelang Sapi wood patiently carved by hand. Gandar (body) (body) with smooth, gilded brass Pendok (cover), the Blewah in Tombak with ‘Batik’ pattern.

Length of the blade, including ‘Pesi’ (tang of the blade): 34.4 cm. (1x)

Note 1: The Blambangan Kingdom was the last Javanese Hindu kingdom that flourished between the 13th and 18th centuries, based in the eastern corner of Java. The capital was at Banyuwangi. It had a long history of its own, developing contemporaneously with the largest Hindu kingdom in Java, Majapahit (1293–1527). At the time of the collapse of Majapahit in the late fifteenth century, Blambangan stood on its own as the one solitary Hindu state left in Java, controlling the larger part of Java’s Oosthoek.

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