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

Keris Tajong Luk 9 Pogokan.

Keris Tajong Luk 9 Pogokan – A fine and rare example of a form of keris whose origin is from Patani, an area covering the southern tip of Thailand including Kelantan, northern Malaysia. Its very unique handle, made of hard wood called kemuning, is finely and deeply carved in the form of the Tajong.

It has been described by writers from the west as a kingfisher. It is also called "Pekaka" by many in the area, in resemblance to a bird of the same name. Although it does resemble a bird, closer look at the handle shows it to be more of a "demonic" figurine. Its wide eyes and long beak has a kingfisher's resemblance, but the teeth, fangs and beard which are carved in full details, shows otherwise.
The top sheath is made from well selected kemuning woods with natural flashing grains with the tips of the sheath made of a different wood.

The bottom stem or batang in Malay is made from angsena woods with tiger’s stripe grains. A plain silver pendoko or ferrule completes the fittings.
Long and sturdy blade with 9 luks or waves and a prominent triangular spine or "tulang" in Malay, with a rather plain gandik using the kembang kacang pogokan (Javanese). The blade is also well tempered as seen from the darker shades at the top three quarters of the blade.

Pamor patterns are not contrasting, which is the norm from the area, and from the forging lines the arrangements are of the mlumah technique and are of the wos utah or scattered rice variations, with a circumference pamor called pamor wengkon.
The pamor wos utah is said to enhance the owner’s material well being while the pamor wengkon is of the protective nature.

Condition: Very g
ood 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: 14.5".   Overall length: 21.5".

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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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