An East Javanese Keris Solo, with 17th century blade.

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An East Javanese Keris, with 17th century blade.

Umur (age): From the Sultanate of Mataram Senopaten.

Asal (origin): Surakarta

The Keris with a hand forged ‘7 Luk’ waved Wilah (blade), consists of Pamor steel forged in different layers of iron (pattern type: ‘Pulau Tirto’ = Islands’). Dapur in ‘Singa Barong’ shape, ‘Kinatah Emas Wedono Lima-Barong’ reshaped and later gilded. Small nickel Mendak (cuff) of ‘Meniran’ type, between hilt and blade. Ukiran (Keris hilt) in ‘Jejeran Yudo Winatan’ shape, and carved from Teak Desa wood. Warangka (sheath) of ‘Ladrang Kadipaten Sepuh’ type (‘boat’ shaped) and made from teak wood patiently carved by hand. Gandar (body) (body) with nickel Pendok (cover), silver plated Bunton decorated with Batik pattern in Desa style.

Length of the blade, including ‘Pesi’ (tang of the blade): 41.6 cm. (1x)

Note1 : The Sultanate of Mataram was the last major independent Javanese kingdom on Java before the Dutch colonized this island. It was the dominant political force radiating from the interior Central Java from the late 16th century until the beginning of the 18th century. Mataram reached its peak of power during the reign of Sultan Agung Hanyokrokusumo (c. 1613-1645), and began to decline after his death in 1645. By the mid-18th century, Mataram lost both power and territory to the Dutch East India Company (VOC). From there on It became a vassal state of the company by 1749.

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