A West Javanese Keris, with 17th century blade.

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A West Javanese Keris, with 17th century blade.

Umur (age): From the period of Sultanate of Banten.

The Keris with a hand forged ‘11 Luk’ waved Wilah (blade), consists of Pamor steel forged in different layers of iron (pattern type: ‘Beras Wutah’). Dapur in ‘Sempana’ (= Elephant trunk shape). Copper Mendak (cuff) of ‘Tjampur’ type, between hilt and blade. Ukiran (Keris hilt) in ‘Yudo Winatan-Solo’ shape, and carved from Acacia wood. Warangka (sheath), Branggah of ‘Paku Alaman’ type (‘boat’ shaped) and made from Pelet Nyamel wood patiently carved by hand. Gandar (body) (body) with smooth brass Pendok (cover), Bunton in Tombak with ‘Semen Jlengut’ pattern.

Length of the blade, including ‘Pesi’ (tang of the blade): 39.8 cm. (1x)

Note 1: Banten was an independent Islamic Sultanate. The Banten Sultanate was founded in the 16th century and centred in Banten, a port city on the northwest coast of Java; the contemporary English spelling of both was Bantam. It is said to have been founded by Sunan Gunungjati, who had previously founded Cirebon. Once a great trading centre in Southeast Asia, especially of pepper, its importance was overshadowed by Batavia, and finally annexed to Dutch East Indies in 1813. Its core territory now forms the Indonesian province of Banten.

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