A rare 17th century ceremonial Javanese Keris Sajen.

Lot number

79

Estimated price

150
250

Description

A rare 17th century ceremonial Javanese Keris Sajen.

Umur (age): From the Sultanate of Mataram.

Keris with hand forged ‘3 Luk’ waved Wilah (blade), consists of Pamor steel forged in different layers of iron (pattern type: ‘Batu Lapak’ and ‘Adeg’), features the Dapur ‘Sajen’. (Sajen means ‘offerings’ in Javanese). The hilt inseparably attached to the iron blade and shaped in the form of an ancestor figure, wearing a ‘Kuluk’. Warangka (sheath) and Gandar (body) of ‘Sandang Walikat’ type and patiently carved by hand from one piece of Teak wood.

Length of the blade, including ‘Pesi’ (tang of the blade): 26.2 cm. (1x)

Note 1: Keris Sajen made to serve as ritual tools. On special occasions, such as important ceremonies, a Keris Sajen is placed in the center of a plate with ritual offerings. In this way, the Keris Sajen is supposed to function as a powerful medium for communication with the spirit world and the higher celestial realms. After the ritual ceremony is over, the Keris Sajen is buried under the ground. It goes without saying, that the many centuries the Keris Sajen has remained under the earth, it has absorbed an enormous amount of mystical energies dwelling in the area. Obviously, the Keris Sajen has thereby acquired immense magical powers. Hence, the true value of these type of Kerises Sajen is priceless, both historically (due to its age) and spiritually (considering the abundance of esoteric energies residing within the blade). And thus, this Keris can be appreciated as an ancient artifact as well as a sacred heirloom.

Note 2: 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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