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

Keris Panjang Minang Kabau Perak Ulu Tandok.

Keris Panjang Minang Kabau Perak Ulu Tandok A rare form of long keris which is also used for execution. Handle is of buffalo horn, and finely carved with pierced through works, in the form of the horse's hoof or tapak kuda with the top lotus flower or teratai having 5 rather than the usual 3 tiers. The top sheath or sampir in Malay, is of the crescent moon or sabit bulan form, with a rather elongated side that reflects the Minang Kabau styles. Both the sampir and the bottom stem is fully encased with finely repousses silver with floral and bird mitfs. A silver alloy pendoko or ferrule completes the fittings.  

  Long, slim and very sturdy blade with has all the typical characteristics of a keris panjang with very well executed grenengs or fretworks.
  The long and slim nature of the blade makes its use as an executioner's keris is very appropriate. The condemned was seated; his arm held by guards, the executioner holding the keris vertically and points it on the victim's left shoulder, near the neck just behind the collar-bone. When the signal was given, the blade is driven downwards through the heart. As the blade is withdrawn, a cotton pad is placed into the opening caused by the thrust. This method of execution is theoretically bloodless.  

  Pamor patterns are not contrasting but shows forging of the miring technique, and are of the adeg or standing variations. It's used more as an execution rather than a practical weapon, makes the keris panjang a status wear, or for a person who can commission an execution.

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 late 19th century.

Length of blade: 19.1".   Overall length: 25.5".

Price:- US$980 excluding shipping.

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