An East Javanese Keris, the blade first quarter of 17th century.

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An East Javanese Keris, the blade first quarter of 17th century.

Umur (age): Period of Sultan Agung I, from the Sultanate of Mataram.

The Keris with a hand forged ‘11 Luk’ waved Wilah (blade), consists of Pamor steel forged in different layers of iron (pattern type: ‘Pulau Tirto’ = Islands). Dapur in ‘Cherita Prasojo’ (= Elephant trunk shape). Gilded Mendak (cuff) of ‘Solo Parijoto’ type with Tombak, between hilt and blade. Ukiran (Keris hilt) in ‘Yudo Winatan’ shape, and carved from Tayuman wood. Gandar (body) and Warangka (sheath) of ‘Sandang Walikat’ type, covered with silver plated Pendok (cover) in Pakfong.

Length of the blade, including ‘Pesi’ (inner hilt): 40 cm. (1x)

Note: 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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