A Javanese Keris, with 14th century blade.

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A Javanese Keris, with 14th century blade.

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

The Keris with a hand forged ‘7 Luk’ waved Wilah (blade), consists of Pamor steel forged in different layers of iron (pattern type: ‘Tunjur Agung’). Dapur in ‘Sempana’ shape. Old silver-gilded Mendak (cuff) of ‘Kendit’ type and in Madura style, between hilt and blade. Ukiran (Keris hilt) in ‘Tumenggungan’ shape, and carved from Tayuman wood. Warangka (sheath) of ‘Gayaman Kagok Bancihan’ type (‘kidney’ shaped) and made from Cendana Jawa Iras wood with 2 ‘Eyes’. Gandar (body) with smooth, silver gilded Pendok (cover) with Tombak.

Length of the blade, including ‘Pesi’ (tang of the blade): 42.9 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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