A Javanese Keris Yogya, with mid-17th century blade.

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A Javanese Keris Yogya, with mid-17th century blade.

Umur (age): From the Regency of Amangkurat I, Sultan of the Sultanate of Mataram.

The Keris with a hand forged ‘13 Luk’ waved Wilah (blade), consists of Pamor steel forged in different layers of iron (pattern type: ‘Beras Wutah Mlinjon’). Dapur in ‘Sangkelat’ (= Elephant trunk shape). Gilded copper Mendak (cuff) of ‘Parijoto’ type, between hilt and blade. Ukiran (Keris hilt) in ‘Deder Taman Ngabehan’ shape, and carved from Tayuman wood. Warangka (sheath) of ‘Gayaman Taman Ngabehan’ type (‘kidney’ shaped) and made from Pelet Mbelang Sapi wood patiently carved by hand. Gandar (body) (body) with black painted Kemalon Hitam Pendok (cover), silver gilded Slorok with Semen ‘Alas Alasan’ pattern.

Length of the blade, including ‘Pesi’ (tang of the blade): 41.1 cm. (1x)

Note 1: Amangkurat I was sultan of Mataram from 1646 to 1677. He was the son of the powerful Sultan Agung. By the mid-1670s dissatisfaction with the Sultan turning into an open revolt. 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. 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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