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, the Sultan of the Javanese 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 Tretep’). Dapur in ‘Sangkelat’ (= Elephant trunk shape) and ‘Ngoko Bima’. Nickel Mendak (cuff) between hilt and blade. Ukiran (Keris hilt) in ‘Nunggak Semi Yogya’ shape, and carved from Djati wood. Warangka (sheath) of ‘Gayaman Banaran’ type (‘kidney’ shaped) and made from Pelet Udan Riris wood (rare). Gandar (body) with brass Pendok (cover), the Bunton Polos in Tombak.

Length of the blade, including ‘Pesi’ (tang of the blade): 41 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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