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Keris Tajong Lurus Pandai Saras.

Keris Tajong Lurus Pandai Saras – A fine and 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 dark wood called kenaung, is finely and deeply carved in the form of 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 of hard and dark woods called kenaung(?) with the rather cylindrical bottom stem made of hard well grained woods. Silver attachments at the nose, eyes and places and a silver pendoko or ferrule complete the fittings.

The straight and very sturdy blade is very long and typical of the origin. Having a prominent triangular spine or "tulang" in Malay, with very well executed base features or perabots, it has an 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.

Pamor pattern are arranged in the miring technique, and are of the pamor adeg or standing variations, which is said to be of the protective nature.

Condition: Very good condition. Aside from minor patching at the sheath’s neck joints, 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: 17.3".   Overall length: 22.5".

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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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