A Javanese Keris, with 18th century blade

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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 ‘Sangkelat’ (= Elephant trunk shape) with ‘Kinatah Emas Meru’ and a small golden Lotus at the end of the point. Gilded Mendak (cuff) of ‘Pecen’ type, between hilt and blade. Ukiran (Keris hilt) in ‘Raksasa’ shape, and carved from bone with gilded Selut ‘Trap Trappan’. Warangka (sheath) also made from bone and decorated with ‘Islamic’ text. Gandar (body) with gilded Pendok (cover), fine Bunton Banyumas with gilded ‘Alas Alasan’ pattern.

Length of the blade, including ‘Pesi’ (tang of the blade): 48.2 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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