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

Keris Minang Kabau Bahari Besi Kursani.

Keris Minang Kabau Bahari Besi Kursani – A good and rare example of a keris from the Sumatran region of minang Kabau. Ivory handle in the jawa demam form is finely carved with floral motifs that depict a squatting figurine, with a repoussed silver alloy ferrule. Top sheath is made of well selected kemuning woods with the bottom stem having plain silver bands and an ivory bottom tip, and a silver attachment at the front with a faceted pyrite or besi kursani at the top.

Rather short blade is very sturdy with thick spine. It is straight and slim, and has an overall shape or dapor called bahari in Malay. The base features or perabots are also very similar to the executioner’s keris or keris penyalang, and it’s shorter cousin, the keris anak alang. All are said to be for status wear.

The short nature of the blade, strongly suggest feminine use that is not uncommon in the matriarchy system practiced by the Minang Kabaus.
Pattern welded blade with pamor arranged in the miring technique, and of the adeg or standing variations.

Condition: Very good condition. Aside from minor edge wears at the base of the blade, 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 middle 19th century.

Length of blade: 8".   Overall length: 12.8".

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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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