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Keris Panjang Riau Tapak Kuda Kapit 0821 - 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 finely repoussed silver panels and bands in the middle. 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 As the blade is withdrawn, a cotton pad is placed into the opening caused by the thrust.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.
 

Price:- US$1,350 excluding shipping. New.

Keris Tajong Bangsa Agong Carita 0820 – A fine and 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 woods called kenaung, it is finely and deeply carved in the form of the Tajong. The refinements of the carvings needs added mentioning, and the overall bold outlook and larger size is said to show higher status, and is called Bangsa Agung, or noble stature. The handle had been described by writers from the west as a kingfisher. 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 natural flashing grains

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Keris Tajong Bangsa Agong Pandai Saras 0821 – A fine and 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 woods called kenaung, it is finely and deeply carved in the form of the Tajong. The refinements of the carvings needs added mentioning, and the overall bold outlook and larger size is said to show higher status, and is called Bangsa Agung, or noble stature. The handle had been described by writers from the west as a kingfisher. 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 natural flashing grains and the bottom stem is made of angsena wood with tiger's stripe grains.
 

Price:- US$950 excluding shipping. New.

Keris Coteng Thailand Luk7 0721 A extremely rare example of a keris called the coteng from the southern Thailand region of Yala, Songkla or Narathiwat. Wooden handle is finely carved in a bird like form typical of the coteng’s styles, depicting not a bird, but more of a squatting figurine, with long nasal horn, teeth and fangs, with the rather abstract finger postures at the front that has it roots in Buddhism. The newly made sheath is made from well selected kemuning woods with natural flashing grains having fine line carvings along the front edges of the top sheath. Rather short and sturdy blade with 7 waves or luks, and the base feature or perabots using the kembang kacang nguku bima, or bima claw. Pamor patterns are arranged in the mlumah technique and are of the kulit semangko or melon skin variation. It is said to enhance the owner’s popularity.

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Keris Bugis Riau Luk7 Chieftain 0421 A very good and rare example of a keris from the southern Sumatran regions of Bugis, Riau Lingga. Finely carved pistol grip or kerdas form handle and prominently broad top sheath, are made from very well selected kemuning woods with natural flashing grains. Bottom stem is made from angsana woods with tiger stripe grains, with a horn bottom tip. A well repossed silver ferrule or pendoko, completes fittings. Very sturdy 7 waved or luk blade with typical Bugis Sulawesi “rugged” sea faring characteristics with a "swollen" mid coross section, and angled edges or gusen. Pamor patterns are arranged in the mlumah technique, having a peak like formation at the base called ujung gunung,
 

Price:- US$1,250 excluding shipping.

Keris Bugis Riau Luk 5 Gajah Liman 0521 A very good and rare example of a keris from the southern Sumatran regions of Bugis, Riau Lingga. Finely carved Jawa demam form handle with "Allah" carved at the back, and top sheath, are made from very well selected kemuning woods with natural flashing grains. Wooden bottom stem is fully encased with thick and very well repoused silver. A finely filigree silver ferrule or pendoko, completes fittings. Very sturdy 5 waved or luk blade with prominent spine and the base having the elephant face with a serpent like body called Gajah Liman in Javanese. Pamor patterns are arranged in the mlumah technique, having a peak like formation at the base called ujung gunung, and contouring patterns above it called kulit semangko or melon skin pamor.
 

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Keris Cirebon Luk 5 Kelingan 0119 - Another very rare example from the northern Javanese coastal region of Cirebon. Handle in the bebondolan form is made from rare contrasting grained wood located along the middle called pelet kendit. Sheath in the sandang walikat form is also made from rare contrasting grained wood called pelet awar-awar. A thick silver ferrule or mendak with low grade rubies insets completes fittings. Very long blade with prominent spine and 5 meandering waves or luks having deep picetan and rather plain fretworks, has an overall shape or dapor called Hanoman. Pamor patterns are not using contrasting metals, and are less commonly found in Java. It is called besi kelingan or black metals.
 

Price:- US$750 excluding shipping. Price Reduced!

Keris Bali Lurus Kebo Teki 1118 - Another very rare example of a very long keris from the island of Bali or Lombok. Handle and sheath or wrangka in the typical Balinese gayaman form, are made from pelet woods, with natural contrasting grains and is fully encased with well repoussed silver alloy outer cover. Long and sturdy blade, with well executed perabots or base features, has the elongated gandik called kebo teki using one kembang kacang or elephant trunk like feature. It has an overall shape or dapor called kebo teki. Pamor pattern are arranged in the mlumah technique, of the kulit semangko or melon’s skin. The pamor kulit semangko is said to enhance the owner’s popularity.

Price:- US$870 excluding shipping.

Keris Melayu Bugis Riau Luk 9 0421 – A very good example of a keris from the southern Sumatran region of Riau Lingga. The hilt is typical of the region, and is in the form called the kerdas in Malay, and made from very well selected  ketengga woods with contrasting grains, having a silver ferrule or pendoko missing a couple or petals Top sheath or sampir in Malay, is in the tebeng styles and is made from very well selected kemuning woods with very good grains. Wooden bottom stem is made of angsana and is encased with plain base silver tip. Thick and very sturdy blade with 9 luks or waves, and very well executed base features or perabots, having an overall shape or dapor called carita in Malay.

Price:- US$650 excluding shipping.

Keris Jawa Lurus Tilam Sari 0421 – A fine example of a keris from the central Javanese region of Jogjakarta. The hilt is typical of the region, and in the less common bebondolan form is made from very well selected  hard woods with stress grains, and the top sheath or wrangka is in the ladrangan Jogja styles made from well selected pelet woods with naturally occurring contrasting grains. Wooden bottom stem is fully encased with finely repossed silver with animal and floral motifs. Thick and very sturdy straight or lurus blade very well executed base features or perabots, having an overall shape or dapor called tilam sari in Javanese. Pamor patterns are very condense, and are arranged in the mlumah technique of the pamor wos utah or scattered rice variation, which is said to enhance the owner's material well being.
 

Price:- US$650 excluding shipping.

Keris Bugis Sulawesi Luk 9 Ulu Tandok 0721 Another very good example of a keris from the southern Sulawesi region of Bugis. Handle in the kerdas or pistol grip form, is made from buffalo horn, and is very well and deeply carved with floral motifs. Top sheath or sampir is made from very well selected kemuning woods with flashing grains. Bottom stem or gandar is made from angsena woods having a bottom tip, with a silver alloy ferrule or pendoko to complete fittings. Very sturdy blade with 9 waves or luks, and very well executed base features or perabots, having an overall shape or dapor called sempena. Pamor patterns are condense and are arranged in the mlumah technique having a peak like formation at the base called ujung gunung or mountain peak and circular formations above called pamor bendo sagado.
 

Price:- US$600 excluding shipping. New.

Keris Patani Luk 7 Pandai Saras 6 Ron Dha 0721 – A very good and rare example of a keris from the northern Malaysian peninsular regions of Kelantan and Patani, southern Thailand. Handle in the kerdas or pistol grip form, is made from very well selected kemuning woods, with contrasting grains. Top sheath or sampir is made from the same kemuning woods with flashing grains. The bottom stem or batang is made from angsana woods with a fine pierced through silver pendoko or ferrule to complete fittings. Long and sturdy straight blade with prominent triangular spine typical of the regions styles, has very well executed base features or perabots with and overall shape or dapor called pandai saras. The example shown is having not only having 4 ron dhas on the grenengs, but also 2 at the jenggots. Usually there is only 3 at the grenengs and one at the jenggot.

Price:- US$570 excluding shipping. New.

Keris Bugis Sulawesi Luk 5 Ulu Garham 0721 A very good example of a keris from the southern Sulawesi region of Bugis. Handle in the typical Bugis pistol grip or kerdas form, is made from the rare fossilized mammoth molar, or garham gajah. Bottom stem is from angsana woods with a horn bottom tip. A well repoussed copper ferrule or pendoko completes fittings. Sturdy blade with 5 waves or luks  and very well executed base features or perabots, with the typical Bugis rugged sea faring characteristics. Pamor patterns are arranged in the mlumah technique,

 

Price:- US$540 excluding shipping. New.

Keris Jawa Timur Lurus Lawe Saukel 0421 - A very good and rare example of a keris from the eastern Javanese regions, with fittings in the ladrangan forms having the top sheath made from very well selected pelet woods, and the bottom stem fully encased with deeply repoussed silver. Long, very sturdy straight or lurus blade with plain base features or perabots, has an overall shape or dapor called tilam upih. Pamor patterns are arranged in the miring technique showing flowing lines along the blade called pamor lawe saukel or untwining threads.
 

Price:- US$550 excluding shipping.

Keris Palembang Luk 13 Mati Kanan Combong 0621 – A very good and rare example of a keris from the southern Sumatran regions of Palembang. Well carved handle in the typical Palembang jawa demam form is made of dark sono keling, or black angsana woods, and top sheath in the typical boat like form, is made from very well selected kemuning woods with flashing grains. Bottom stem is made of angsana woods with tiger stripe grains. Long and very sturdy blade with 13 meandering waves or luks has very well executed and deep base features or perabots, with the last luk bending towards the right or “mati kanan” in Malay. The base sogokans, or fullers, are very deeply executed that over time is has eroded into a spilt. This is called combong, and is sought after for its mystical use.
 

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Keris Madura Lurus Asihan 0521 A very good and rare example of a keris from the island of Madura, eastern Java. Fittings in the ladrangan Madura  styles with the handle in the bebondolan form, and top sheath, made from very well selected pelet woods with natural contrasting grains. Wooden bottom stem is encased with a very well repoused brass stem cover or pendok blewah. A finely filigree brass ferrule or mendak, completes fittings. Very sturdy straight or lurus blade is rather long and with the base having very plain features, has an overall shape of dapor called tilam upih in Javanese. Pamor patterns are rare and are arranged in the mlumah technique, having a peak like formation at the base called ujung gunung, and contouring patterns above it called kulit semangko or melon skin pamor.

 

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Keris Bali Luk 9 Ulu Kusia Dwi Warna 1017 - A good and rare example of a keris from the island of Bali. Handle is made of buffalo horn and is well carved in the form of a beetle called the kusia. Top sheath is made of dark ebony wood called aring, and bottom stem is made from well selected pelet woods having naturally occurring contrasting grains. 9 waved blade or luks with typical Balinese smooth finish, having rare pamor arrangements with the base with a peak like formation called pamor ujung gunung or mountain peak. Above it are arrangements of the pamor kulit semangko or melon skin pamor. The pamor ujung gunung is said to enhance the owner's status while the pamor kulit semangko is for popularity.

Price:- US$420 excluding shipping.

Keris Palembang Luk 9 Petola 1019 - A very good and rare example of a keris from the southern Sumatran regions of Palembang. Finely carved handle in the semi bird form is made from hard dark woods called sono keling. Base of hilt is having a well repoussed brass ferrule or pendoko. Top sheath in the typical Palembang boat form, is made from very well selected kemuning woods with flashing grains, with the bottom stem or gandar, made from angsena woods with tiger's strip grains. Slim but very sturdy blade with very sublime 9 waves or luks, has an overall shape or dapor called petola. Pamor patterns are arranged in the mlumah technique, and shows few shades of black and white metals, that suggest a lot more variation of metals used.

Price:- US$460 excluding shipping.
 

Keris Bugis Sulawesi Lurus Sepokal Sampir Gembol 0618 - A very good example of a keris from the southern Sulawesi region of Bugis. Handle in the typical Bugis pistol grip or ulu pangulu form, is made from hardwood kemuning , having a  thick silver pendoko or ferrule to complete.  Top sheath or sampir in Malay, is in the typical Bugis rectangular tebeng forms, is made from very well selected burl woods or gembol in Javanese. Thick and very sturdy blade, with a straight or lurus profile but having an angular or sepokal form blade.

Price:- US$400 excluding shipping.

Keris Melayu Riau Luk 3 Malela 0821 - A good and rare example of a keris from the southern Malay regions of Riau Lingga. Handle in the typical pistol grip or kerdas form, is made from kemuning woods with a thick brass ferrule or pendoko to complete. Newly made wooden sheath made from well grained dark woods for the top sheath and, with very good tight grains for the bottom stem. Rather short blade is very sturdy with 3 waves or luks and a prominent spine with fullers flanking. The very well executed base features has an overall shape or dapor called malela in Malay. Pamor patterns are not contrasting as it is not using any nickle, but stronger iron or steel. Arranged in the mlumah technique.

 

Price:- US$330 excluding shipping. New.

 

Keris Melayu Lurus Carita Selip 0820 – Very good and rather rare example of a short keris from the norther Malaysian peninsular region of Terengganu. Finely carved handle in the pipit teleng or jawa demam form is made from well selected kemuning woods with the top sheath in the less common kusiwo form made from ketengga woods having naturally occurring contracting grains.. Bottom stem is made from angsana woods with tiger's stripe grains, and a pierced through copper ferrule or pendoko to complete fittings. Very short and straight or lurus blade, having a spine with fullers flanking, and well executed base features or perabots, with an overall shape or dapor called carita in Malay. The short nature of the blade is also called selip in Malay, and is associated to ceremonial of a boy's use.

Price:- US$330 excluding shipping. Price Reduced!

Keris Melayu Luk 5 Selip 0820 – Very good and rather rare example of a short keris from the southern Malaysian peninsular region of Selangor or Johore. Handle in the kerdas or pistol grip form and top sheath in the tebeng forms, are made from well selected kemuning woods with flashing tiger's stripe grains. Bottom stem is made from angsana woods with a white metal ferrule or pendoko to complete fittings. Very short blade with 5 waves or luks and well executed base features or perabots, having a flat surface with angled edge, has strong Bugis influences. The short nature of the blade is also called selip in Malay, and is associated to ceremonial of a boy's use.
 

Price:- US$300 excluding shipping. Price Reduced!

Keris Jawa Timur Ganggeng Kanyut 1017 - Another good and rare example of a keris from the eastern Javanese regions. Fine carved "bulging" handle form called the bebondolan(?) is made of very well selected pelet kendit woods with a single dark grain going across the bid section. Wrangka or sheath in the ladrangah branggah forms, is also made with well selected pelet woods, having dark grains (dead cells) occurring due to fungus attack. Long and very sturdy straight or lurus blade, with well executed base features or perabots and a prominent spine, has an overall shape or dapor called sempena bener. Pamor patterns are arranged in the miring technique, and are called Gangeng Kanyut, which is said to enhance the owner's status.

Price:- US$360 excluding shipping.
 

Keris Madura Lurus Wrangka Kerang Burung 0218 - A very good example of a keris from the island of Madura. Rare fittings is finely carved from hardwood, with the top sheath in the typical Madura kerang or shell forms, but is finely carved into a three dimensional cockatoo bird. Sturdy blade is straight or lurus, and having plain base features, it has an overall shape or dapor called tilam upih. Pamor patterns are arranged in the mlumah technique, of the kulit semangko or melon’s skin variations, and is said to enhance the owner’s popularity.

Price:- US$340 excluding shipping.

Keris Jawa Lurus Pasopati Batu Lapak  0120 - A very good example of a keris from the island central Jawa. Fittings in the Solonese ladrangan forms with the top sheath made of well grained trembalo woods, and hilt made from black hard ebony woods. Bottom stem is encased with a plain brass stem cover or pendok blewah. Long, very sturdy blade with strong base features or perabots, that includes the kembang kacang, picetan and the grenengs or fretworks. It has an overall shape or dapor called pasopati in Javanese. Pamor patterns are arranged in the miring technique, showing vertical lines of the standing or adeg pamor, and a semi circular formation at the base called batu lapak.

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Keris Jawa Lurus Ganjar Dwi Warna 0320 - Another very good and rare example of a keris from the central Javanese regions, with the fittings or  wrangka  in the ladrangan Surakarta forms, having a plain brass outer stem cover or pendok blewah, with turtle shell panel in the middle. Long and very sturdy, straight or lurus blade, with plain base features or perabots, having only the the picetan without any sogokans, with an overall shape or dapor called jalak tilam upih. Pamor patterns are arranged in the mlulah technique, and are of the wos utah or scattered rice variations.

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Keris Jawa Betok Pamor Tiban 0312 – A good and rare example of a keris from the eastern Javanese regions of Jawa Timur. The wrangka or fittings are in the sandang walikat forms, with the hilt very well carved having strong Maruda influences  A finely granules brass ferrule or mendak completes the fittings.Short and rather broad blade with broaden top and plain base features, has an overall shape or dapor called betok in Javanese. Pamor patterns are well arranged in the mlumah technique of the kulit semangka or melon skin pamor. At certain places, especially at the base, there are unplanned pamor patterns called pamor tiban.


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