A Javanese Keris, with rare possibly 9th century blade.

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A Javanese Keris, with rare possibly 9th century blade.

Umur (age): From the period of Shailendra Kingdom.

The Keris with short hand forged Wilah (blade), consists of Pamor steel forged in different layers of iron (pattern type: ‘Keleng’). Dapur in ‘Buda Betok’ shape. The Metuk (Iron cuff) bounded with the ‘Pesi’ (inner blade). Ukiran (Keris hilt) in ‘Kagok Solo’ shape, and carved from Teak wood. The Gandar (sheath) is of self-made production.

Length of the blade, including ‘Pesi’: 26.8 cm. (1x)

Note 1: This Keris can be seen as one of the earliest types of daggers, what can be called a Keris.

Note 2: Shailendra dynasty, also spelled Sjailendra Çailendraor (means “Lord of the Mountain”), was a dynasty that flourished in Java from about 750 to 850 after the fall of the Funan kingdom of mainland Southeast Asia. The dynasty was marked by a great cultural renaissance associated with the introduction of Mahāyāna Buddhism, and it attained a high level of artistic expression in the many temples and monuments built under its rule. During the reign of one of its kings, the famous stupa of Borobudur was built.

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