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Keris Panjang Lurus Tapak Kuda Tiara 0719.
Keris Panjang Lurus Tapak Kuda Tiara
0719 - Another very good and rare example of a
long keris form the southern Sumatran regions of Riau Lingga. Handle in
the horse hoof or tapak kuda form is having a pierced through crown or
tiara at the top. Top sheath in the usual sabit bulan or crescent
moon form, is made from well selected kemuning woods. Bottom stem is made
from woods having plain silver bands at places. A finely made silver ferrule
or pendoko completes the fittings.
Long, slim and very sturdy blade with prominent spine and fullers flanking, has very well executed base features or perabots typical of the keris panjang forms.
The long and slim nature of the blade makes its use as an executioner's keris is very appropriate. The condemned was seated; his arm held by guards, the executioner holding the keris vertically and points it on the victim's left shoulder, near the neck just behind the collar-bone. When the signal was given, the blade is driven downwards through the heart. As the blade is withdrawn, a cotton pad is placed into the opening caused by the thrust. This method of execution is theoretically bloodless.
Pamor patterns are not contrasting, which is the norm from the area, due to the non nickel metals used. From the forging lines the arrangements are of the miring technique and are of the adeg or standing variations.
Condition: Very good condition.
Age: Krises are traditionally made without any date stampings or engravings of the makers' name. Although a kris smith or "empu" has his own styles configured together with the dapor and especially the ganjar (cross piece). Obvious age wear and tear, usage, familiarity with forms, motifs and designs, origin and history, mediums and materials used are our guidelines in determining an approximate age. This particular piece, from our experience and knowledge, should go back to the early 19th century.
Length of blade: 21". Overall length: 27".
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