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Keris Melayu Luk 5 Tulang Belut 1211a

Keris Melayu Luk 5 Tulang Belut 1211a – Very rare example of a keris from the northern Malaysian peninsular region of Kelantan or Terengganu. Handle in the kerdas or pistol grip form is made from very well selected ketengga woods with top sheath made from kemuning woods with flashing grains. Bottom stem is made from angsana woods with tiger’s stripe grains, and a thick brass ferrule or pendoko complete fittings.

Long and very sturdy blade with 5 waves or luks and having very prominent and rarely seen, semi circular spine with very well executed base features or perabots, it has an overall shape or dapor called tulang belut or eel’s spine, in Malay.

Pamor patterns are usually not contrasting, as it is the norm of the region to use stronger iron or steel compared to brighter but weaker nickel. Using stronger metals, the tempering or nyepuhan process (completed blade is burnt red hot before immediately submerging into liquids) can be more rigid, and is seen from the darker shade on the top half of the blade.
Forging lines shows arrangements in the mlumah technique of the beras tumpah or scattered rice variations.

Condition: Aside from minor cracks at the base of hilt, rest is all in very good 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.

Length of blade: 13.5".   Overall length: 17.5".

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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.

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