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Keris Panjang Palembang Luk 33 Naga.

Keris Panjang Palembang Luk 33 Naga A very rare example of a keris from the southern Sumatran regions of Palembang. The handle is made of kemuning woods and in the form of a human figurine. Top sheath in the sabit bulan form is made from well selected ketenga woods with natural contrasting grains. Bottom stem is made of angsena woods with a kemuning bottom tip and plain thick brass bands.

Long blade with rare 33 waves and has the figure of the Naga or dragon at the base. The base cross piece or ganjar, is also made on with the blade and is called ganjar seiras.

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 kris 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 As the blade is withdrawn, a cotton pad is placed into the opening caused by the thrust.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 arranged in the mlumah technique and is of the wos utah or scattered rice variation. The pamor is said to enhance the owner's material well being, but 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 the late 19th century, with newly made wooden hilt and bottom tip.

Length of blade: 14.5".   Overall length: 23".

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