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

Keris Tajong (Kingfisher) Lurus Bangsa Agong Besar.

Keris Tajong (Kingfisher) Lurus Bangsa Agong Besar - 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 dark wood called kenaung, is finely and deeply carved in the form of the Tajong. The refinements of the carvings needs added mentioning, and the overall bold outlook and exceptionally larger size is said to show higher status, and is called Bangsa Agung, or noble stature.

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. A gold alloy or "suassa",  pendoko or ferrule completes the fittings.

The straight and sturdy blade is very long and typical of the origin. Having a prominent spine or "tulang" in Malay, with the rather plain base features and a slightly arcing profile, it has an overall shape or dapor is called sepokal in Malay.
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 fom 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 adeg is said to protect the owner from natural disasters.

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 to early 20thcentury.

Length of blade: 20.5".   Overall length: 28.3".

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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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