MALAY ART GALLERY'S....House of Keris
Keris Panjang Riau Tapak Kuda Tandok 0918.
Riau Tapak Kuda Tandok 0918 - Another
very good and rare example of a long keris form the southern Sumatran region of
Riau Lingga. Finely and deeply carved handle in the horse hoof or tapak kuda form
is made from buffalo horn with the top sheath in the sabit bulan or
crescent moon form made from well selected kemuning woods. The bottom
stem is made of angsana woods with silver bands, and a horn bottom tip,
in the patat lipas or roaches� back form. A well filigree silver alloy
ferrule or pendoko completes fittings.
Long, slim and very sturdy blade with 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 kris 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 As the blade is withdrawn, a cotton pad is placed into the opening caused by the thrust.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.
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 late 19th century, with newly made ferrule.
Length of blade: 21.5".
Overall length: 26.5".
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