A Javanese Keris Yogya, with 18th century blade.

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A Javanese Keris Yogya, with 18th century blade.

Umur (age): Kartasura, the capital of 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: ‘Pedaringan Kebak’ and ‘Kinatah Mas Wedono Siji’). Dapur in ‘Jaran Guyang’ (= Elephant trunk shape). Silver Mendak (cuff) of ‘Kendit’ type, between hilt and blade. Ukiran (Keris hilt) in ‘Deder Banaran’ shape and carved from Tayuman Werut wood. Warangka (sheath) of ‘Gayaman Banaran’ type (‘kidney’ shaped) and made from Pelet Mbelang Sapi wood patiently carved by hand. Gandar (body) (body) with silver plated Pendok (cover), silver plated brass Bunton decorated with ‘Semen Cihna Huk’ pattern.

Length of the blade, including ‘Pesi’ (tang of the blade): 40 cm. (1x)

Note 1: 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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