A Javanese Keris Yogya, with early 17th century blade.

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A Javanese Keris Yogya, with early 17th century blade.

Umur (age): From the period of Sultan Agung I, from the Sultanate of Mataram.

The Keris with a hand forged ‘5 Luk’ waved Wilah (blade), consists of Pamor steel forged in different layers of iron (pattern type: ‘Beras Wutah’). Dapur in ‘Kikik’ shape. Fine silver Mendak (cuff) of ‘Kendit’ type in Solo style, between hilt and blade. Ukiran (Keris hilt) in ‘Deder Taman’ shape, and carved from Kemuning wood. Warangka (sheath) of ‘Gayaman Taman’ type (‘kidney’ shaped) and made from Trembalo wood patiently carved by hand. Gandar (body) (body) with brass Pendok (cover), Bunton in Tombak with ‘Semen Taman’ pattern.

Length of the blade, including ‘Pesi’ (tang of the blade): 41.3 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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