A West Javanese Keris, with 13th century blade.

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A West Javanese Keris, with 13th century blade.

Umur (age): From the capital city Pajajaran of Sunda Kingdom.

The Keris with a straight hand forged Wilah (blade), consists of Pamor steel forged in different layers of iron (pattern type: ‘Adeg’ and ‘Sumber Sinaba’). Dapur in ‘Tilam Upih’ shape. Small copper gilded Mendak (cuff) with ‘Untu Walang’ (=grasshopper teeth) between the blade and the hilt. Ukiran (Keris hilt) in ‘Yudo Winatan’ shape, and carved from Tayuman wood. Warangka (sheath) of ‘Ladrang Kuwung’ type (‘boat’ shaped) and made from Cemara Gunung 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): 37.9 cm. (1x)

Note 1: 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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