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

Keris Tajong Patani Pandai Saras 1010.

Keris Tajong Patani Pandai Saras 1010 Ė A very good and rare example of keris from Patani, an area covering the southern tip of Thailand including Kelantan, northern Malaysia. Its unique handle made of hard and well selected kenaung or ebony woods, 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.

Top sheath is made from very well selected kemuning woods with flashing grains and the bottom stem is made from angsana woods with tigerís stripe grains. Newly made gold plated brass ferrule with pierced through works completes fittings.

Very sturdy blade with prominent triangular spine or "tulang" in Malay, has very well executed perabots or base features typical of the regionís styles. 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 not contrasting, which is the norm from the area, and 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.

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 18th, early 19th century blade with early 20th century fittings.

Length of blade: 15.5".   Overall length: 21".

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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