A Javanese Keris, with 18th century blade
A Javanese Keris, with 18th century blade.
Umur (age): Sultanate of Mataram.
Asal (origin): Madura Pamekasan.
The Keris with a hand forged ‘13 Luk’ waved Wilah (blade), consists of Pamor steel forged in different layers of iron (pattern type: ‘Kulit Semangka’). Dapur in ‘Jangkung Putut’ (double crowned monk shape). Brass Mendak (cuff) of ‘Maduracup’ type, between hilt and blade. Ukiran (Keris hilt) carved from bone with ‘Madura’ type Selut. Warangka (sheath) also made from bone and decorated with ‘Islamic’ text. Gandar (body) with brass Pendok (cover), fine Bunton Banyumas with ‘Semen Garuda’ pattern.
Length of the blade, including ‘Pesi’ (tang of the blade): 40.4 cm. (1x)
Note: Between 1680 and 1755, Kartasura was the capital of the Sultanate of Mataram. This Sultanate was the last major independent Javanese kingdom on Java before the island was colonized by the Dutch. It is commonly referred to as the Kartasura era or period of the Mataram sultanate. It preceded the transfer to Surakarta by Pakubuwana II.
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