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Tumbok Lada Sumatra Gading 809.

Tumbok Lada Sumatra Gading 809 – A very good and rare example of a side weapon called the tumbok lada or chili pounder. From the central or southern Sumatran regions, the handle is made of elephant ivory, with the sheath made of kemuning and angsena woods.

Thick and very sturdy blade with a single sharp edge and a pointy tip, with a deep fuller running along the middle.

Pamor patterns are not contrasting as it is the norm of the region’s preference for non contrasting nickel metals.

Forging line shows the mlumah technique with and overall arrangement of the pamor wos utah or scattered rice. It is said to enhance the owner’s material well being.

Condition: Very good condition.

Age:  Krises and other edge weapons 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: 7.8".   Overall length: 11.5".

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