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

Keris Bugis Riau Luk 7 Penghulu (Chieftian)

Keris Bugis Riau Luk 7 Penghulu (Chieftian) - A very good example of a keris from southern Malaysian peninsular regions, encompassing the southern Sumatran islands of Riau Lingga. Handle in the Jawa demam form is made of very well selected kemuning woods with the large top sheath also made of well selected kemuning wood with flashing grains. The size of the sheath is also reflecting the status which is usually meant for a chieftain. Bottom stem is made of angsena woods with natural tige’s stripe grains. A well repoussed thick brass ferrule or pendongko completes fittings.

Very sturdy blade with 7 waves or luks has typical Buigs features with a hexagonal cross section with angled edges, and the base features or perabots well executed.

Pamor pattern are condense, and are arranged in the mlumah technique with tight contouring lines called pamor kulit semangko, or melon's skin. At the base there is a peak like formation called pamor ujung gunung. The pamor kulit semangko is said to enhance the owner’s popularity and the pamor ujung gunung is said to enhance the owner's status.

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 middle to late 19th century.

Length of blade: 11.5".   Overall length: 14.1".

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.

e-mail: or


No. 31, Bussorah Street, Singapore 199449.
Tel/Fax: +65-62948051.

Copyright ©2000.


All Rights Reserved.

Home Page Intro to kris & kris terms Kerises Gallery Other weapons Handles and accessories Sold Items