A Javanese Keris Yogya, with 18th century blade.

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A Javanese Keris Yogya, with 18th century blade.

Umur (age): from the Sultanate of Mataram.

The Keris with a hand forged ‘7 Luk’ waved Wilah (blade), consists of Pamor steel forged in different layers of iron (pattern type: ‘Beras Wutah Tretep’). Dapur in a golden crowned ‘Naga Seluman’ (dragon shape). Silver-plated copper Mendak (cuff) of ‘Bejen’ type, between hilt and blade. Ukiran (Keris hilt) in ‘Nunggak Semi Yogya’ shape and carved from Teak wood. Warangka (sheath) of ‘Branggah Mangkubumen’ type (‘boat’ shaped) and made from Trembalo wood patiently carved by hand. Gandar (body) (body) with brass Pendok (cover), the gilded Bunton decorated with ‘Semen Pari Sawuli’ pattern.

Total length of the Keris, including the hilt (Urikan): 43.5 cm. (1x)

Note 1: The Sultanate of Mataram was the last major independent Javanese kingdom on Java before the Dutch colonized this island. It was the dominant political force radiating from the interior Central Java from the late 16th century until the beginning of the 18th century. Mataram reached its peak of power during the reign of Sultan Agung Hanyokrokusumo (c. 1613-1645), and began to decline after his death in 1645. By the mid-18th century, Mataram lost both power and territory to the Dutch East India Company (VOC). From there on It became a vassal state of the company by 1749.

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