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Keris Tajong Lurus Pandai Saras 0412b1.

Keris Tajong Lurus Pandai Saras 0412b1 Ė Avery rare example of a form of keris whose origin is from Patani, an area covering the southern tip of Thailand including Kelantan, northern Malaysia. Itís very unique handle, made of hard wood called kenaung, and 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 from very well selected kemuning woods with long cylindrical bottom stem made from angsena woods. A plain silver pendoko or ferrule completes the fittings.

The long, straight and sturdy blade is very typical of the regionís characteristics having a prominent triangular spine or "tulang" in Malay, which 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.

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 19th century blade and sheath, with 20th century hilt.

Length of blade: 15.6".   Overall length: 23".

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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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