A West Javanese Keris Solo, with 18th century blade.
A West Javanese Keris, with 18th century blade.
Umur (age): Kartasura, the capital of the Sultanate of Mataram.
Asal (origin): Surakarta
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 Wengkon’). Dapur in ‘Pandawa’ (= Elephant trunk shape) and later ‘Pudak Sategal’. Gilded Mendak (cuff) of ‘Kendit’ type, between hilt and blade. Ukiran (Keris hilt) in ‘Nunggak Semi’ shape, and carved from Pelet Nyamel wood. Warangka (sheath) of ‘Ladrang Ksatriyan’ type (‘boat’ shaped) and made from Trembalo Iras wood patiently carved by hand. Gandar (body) (body) with brass Pendok (cover), Blewah Polos in Tombak.
Length of the blade, including ‘Pesi’ (tang of the blade): 36.3 cm. (1x)
Note 1: Between 1680 and 1755, Kartasura was the capital of the Sultanate of Mataram. This Sultanate was the last major independent Javanese kingdom on Java before the island was colonized by the Dutch. It is commonly referred to as the Kartasura era or period of the Mataram sultanate. It preceded the transfer to Surakarta by Pakubuwana II.
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