MALAY ART GALLERY'S....House of  Keris

Keris Tajong Lurus Pamor 2.

Keris Tajong Lurus Pamor 2 - A very rare example of a form of keris whose origin is from Patani, an area covering the southern tip of Thailand including Kelantan, northern Malaysia. Its very unique handle, made of hard wood called kemuning, is finely and deeply carved in the form called the Tajong.  It has been described by writers from the west as a kingfisher. It is also called "Pekaka" by many in the area, in resemblance to a bird of the same name. Although it does resemble a bird, closer look at the handle shows it to be more of a "demonic" figurine. Its wide eyes and long beak has a kingfisher's resemblance, but the teeth, fangs and beard which are carved in full details, shows otherwise. The top sheath is made form very well selected ketengga woods with contrasting as well as flashing grains. Very long cylindrical bottom stem is made from angsena woods with a kemuning bottom tip. A plain silver pendoko or ferrule and silver works at places completes the fittings.

The straight and sturdy blade is very long and typical of the origin. Having a prominent triangular spine or "tulang" in Malay, that stretches from the tip to the base and even present at the "ganjar".  The overall shape or dapor is called Pandai Saras in Malay.

The blade is also well tempered as seen from the darker shades at the top three quarters of the blade. It is very well tempered that it can lift a coin with a slight tap at the edges.

Pamor patterns are usually not contrasting, but from the forging lines the arrangements are of the mlumah technique and are of the wos utah or scattered rice variations. The pamor is said to protect enhance the owner's material well being.

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 to middle 19th century blade and hilt, with newly added silver works.

Length of blade: 16.5".   Overall length: 26".

Our terms:

Our Pledge:

We are confident that you will be satisfied with this item and we guarantee it to be materially as presented. However, if the item does meet your expectations, it may be returned within 7 days of receipt for a complete refund of the purchased price, less the shipping cost, provided the item is returned in its original condition.

We advise interested buyers to please feel free without any obligations, to ask for more information or pictures of the items interested. We are also open to any comments on our item's descriptions.

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