A rare Javanese Keris, with 18th century blade.

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A rare Javanese Keris, with 18th century blade.

Umur (age): From the Period of the Hindu Kingdom of Mataram.

The Keris with a straight hand forged Wilah (blade), consists of Pamor steel forged in different layers of iron (pattern type: ‘Sanak’). Dapur in ‘Kebo Lajer Iras’ pattern. Small cuff of gilded copper Mendak with ‘Untu Walang’ (=grasshopper teeth) between the blade and the hilt. Ukiran (Keris hilt) in ‘Yudo Winatan’ shape, and carved from Ebony wood. Warangka (sheath) and Gandar (body) of ‘Sandang Walikat’ type, and patiently carved by hand from one piece of Kayu Ambon wood.

Length of the blade, including ‘Pesi’ (tang of the blade): 36.1 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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