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Keris Panjang Riau Tapak Kuda Tandok 0913.

Keris Panjang Riau Tapak Kuda Tandok 0913 - 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 ebony woods having an horn bottom tip in the patat lipas or roaches’ back form. A well repoussed silver alloy ferrule or pendoko completes fittings.

Long, slim and very sturdy blade with prominent spine adn 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 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 As the blade is withdrawn, a cotton pad is placed into the opening caused by the thrust.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 mlumah technique and are of the wos utah or scattered rice variations.

Condition: Very good condition. Aside from minor chip at the tip of sheath rest is all in 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.

Length of blade: 21".   Overall length: 26.5".

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