A West Javanese Keris Sombro, with rare possibly 13th century blade.

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A West Javanese Keris Sombro, with rare possibly 13th century blade.

Umur (age): Capital city Pajajaran of the Sunda kingdom

Asal (origin): Made by the female Empu Ni Mbok Sombro. (Empu = Highly skilled smith with mystical powers)

The Keris with short hand forged Wilah (blade), consists of Pamor steel forged in different layers of iron (pattern type: ‘Sanak’). Dapur Sombro with Picits (= ‘thumbprints’ shape). and pinhole in the Pesi (inner hilt). The gilded Mendak (cuff) with ‘Kendit’ between hilt and blade. Ukiran (Keris hilt) in ‘Nunggak semi’ shape, and carved from Pelet Nyamel wood. The Gandar (sheath) special made for this of blade with later(?) ‘Bamyumas’ patter.

Length of the blade, including ‘Pesi’: 24 cm. (1x)

Note 1: These Kerises were made for ritual cutting of the umbilical cord.

Note 2: Pajajaran was the fortified capital city of the Sunda kingdom. The location is roughly corresponds to modern Bogor city in West Java, Indonesia. It was settled at least since the 10th century. From the 15th century on, Pajajaran became major political importance, when Sri Baduga Maharaja established it as the royal capital of Sunda kingdom. After the reign of King Jayadewata (Sri Baduga Maharaja), Pakuan Pajajaran served as the royal capital for several generations. Dayeuh Pakuan Pajajaran served as the capital of Sunda Kingdom approximately for almost a hundred years (1482-1579), until it was razed and destroyed by the Sultanate of Banten in 1579.

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