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

Keris Minang Kabau Luk 5 Sampir Tandok.

Keris Minang Kabau Luk 5 Sampir Tandok A good and rare example of a keris from the Sumatran region of Minang Kabau. Handle in the jawa demam form is finely carved with floral motifs that depict a squatting figurine. Top sheath is made of buffalo horn (rarely seen) with the bottom stem of hardwoods and an ivory bottom tip. A repoussed white metal ferrule completes fittings.

Rather short blade with 5 waves or luks, which strongly suggest a feminine use that is not uncommon in the matriarchy system practiced by the Minang Kabaus. The kembang kacang or elephant trunk like feature at teh abse has it touching the blade, and this also has a term called kembang kacang bungkem.

Pamor patterns are arranged in the mlumah technique and shows patterns only at the base of the blade. This formation is called pamor nunggak semi, and it is said to protect the owner from unseen forces.

Condition: Very good condition. Aside from minor edge wears at 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 to late18th century blade with late 19th century fittings.

Length of blade: 12".   Overall length: 16.8".

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