Javanese Keris Solo, with 14th century blade.


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Javanese Keris, with 14th century blade.

Umur (age): From the Javanese Hindu Empire of Majapahit.

Asal (origin): Madura, possibly Empu Koso.

The Keris with straight hand forged Wilah (blade), consists of Pamor steel forged in different layers of iron (with fine pattern type: ‘Adeg Sapu’). Dapur in fine ‘Brojol’ shape. Small gilded Mendak (cuff) with ‘Meniran’ between hilt and blade. Ukiran (Keris hilt) in ‘Jejeran Yudo Winatan’ shape with pierced ivory Selut Gading, and carved from Teak wood. The fine Warangka (sheath) of ‘Gayaman Gandhon Kagok’ type (‘kidney’ shaped), also made from Teak wood patiently carved by hand. Gandar (body) with silver Pendok (cover), fine silver Bunton decorated with ‘Anggrek Bulan’ pattern.

Length of the blade, including ‘Pesi’ (tang of the blade): 46.5 cm. (1x)

Note 1: The period from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century during the reign of the Javanese Hindu empire of Majapahit (1293-1500 CE), is considered the golden age of Indonesian art and culture. Royal artisans from the Majapahit Kingdom produced many masterpieces of art, including various exclusive Kerises and other pusaka (heirloom) treasures.

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