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Keris Melayu Raiu Anak Alang Ulu Tapak Kuda 1109.

Keris Melayu Raiu Anak Alang Ulu Tapak Kuda 1109 – A very good example of a rather rare form of keris called the keris anak alang. From the southern Sumatran regions of Riau Lingga, the finely carved handle in the horse hoof or tapak kuda form is made from buffalo horn and is deeply carved with fine floral motifs having the lotus flower or teratai at the top. Top sheath in the crescent moon or sabit bulan form is made from well selected kemuning woods with flashing grains. Bottom stem is fully encased with finely repopussed silver having floral motifs at the front and checkered motifs at the back. A finely repoussed silver pendoko or ferrule completes fittings.

Long, slim and very sturdy blade with very well executed base features or perabots especially the grenengs or fretworks, has an overall shape or dapor called anak alang, and shares similar characteristics with its longer cousin the keris panjang or executioners keris.

Pamor patterns are not contrasting due to the non nickel metals used. From the forging lines, the arrangements are done in the mlumah technique and are of the wos utah or scattered rice variations. The base cross piece or ganjar has a “crystalline” characteristic that is called pamor miang in Malay.
The pamor wos utah is said to enhance the owner's material well being, while the pamor miang is sought after for its strong protective properties.

Condition: Very good condition. Aside from minor chips at the back of the silver bottom stem, rest is all in 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 19th century.

Length of blade: 13.5".   Overall length: 18.5".

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