A West Javanese Keris, with 17th century blade.

Lot number

19

Estimated price

125
175

Description

A West Javanese Keris, with 17th century blade.

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

The Keris with a hand forged ‘13 Luk’ waved Wilah (blade), consists of Pamor steel forged in different layers of iron (pattern type: ‘Beras Wutah Mlinjon’). Dapur in ‘Sangkelat’ (= Elephant trunk shape). Small gilded Mendak (cuff) of ‘Meniran’ type, between hilt and blade. Ukiran (Keris hilt) in ‘Jejeran Salembaran’ shape and carved from Kemuning wood. Warangka (sheath) of ‘Gayaman Gabel’ type (‘kidney’ shaped) in ‘Banten’-style, made from Pelet Ceplok wood patiently carved by hand. Gandar (body) (body) with brass Pendok (cover), brass Bunton decorated with ‘Lung Lungan’ pattern.

Length of the blade, including ‘Pesi’ (tang of the blade): 44 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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