A Javanese Keris Solo, with 17th century blade.

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A Javanese Keris Solo, with 17th century blade.

Umur (age): From the Regency of Tuban.

The Keris with a straight hand forged Wilah (blade), consists of Pamor steel forged in different layers of iron (pattern type: ‘Beras Wutah’). Dapur in ‘Brojol’, slightly inclined towards ‘Ikan Pari’. Small copper Mendak (cuff) of ‘Meniran Solo’ type, between hilt and blade. Ukiran (Keris hilt) in ‘Yudo Winatan’ shape, and carved from Tayuman wood. Warangka (sheath) of ‘Gayaman Kagok’ type (‘kidney’ shaped) and made from Trembalo wood patiently carved by hand. Gandar (body) (body) with brass Pendok (cover), Bunton in Yogya style with primitive ‘Semen Garuda’ pattern.

Length of the blade, including ‘Pesi’ (tang of the blade): 37.6 cm. (1x)

Note 1: The official history of Tuban began in the Majapahit era in the 13th century. There was once an important ceremony when the king of Majapahit crowned Ronggolawe as the principal of the Tuban region. It was held on 12 November 1293 and that date has become the anniversary of Tuban, making it more ancient than Surabaya.

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