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

Keris Tajong Lurus Sampir Seiras.

Keris Tajong Lurus Sampir Seiras A very rare example of a form of keris whose origin is from Patani, an area covering the southern tip of Thailand including Kelantan, northern Malaysia. The sheath or sampir in Malay, is made from well selected kemuning(?) woods, and is made from a single piece of wood (no joints) and is termed serias. Its very unique handle, made of hard and dark wood called kenaung, is finely and deeply carved in the form called 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. A plain silver pendoko or ferrule completes the fittings.

The straight and sturdy blade is very long and typical of the origin. Having a prominent triangular spine or "tulang" in Malay, that stretches from the tip to the base and even present at the "ganjar".  The overall shape or dapor is called Pandai Saras in Malay.

The blade is also well tempered as seen from the darker shades at the top three quarters of the blade. It is very well tempered that it can lift a coin with a slight tap at the edges. Pamor patterns are usually not contrasting and is the norm of the region. Forging lines shows the miring technique of the adeg or standing variations.
The pamor is said to protect the owner from natural disaster.

Condition: Very good condition.  Aside from minor hairline crack at the base of handle, 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 19th century.

Length of blade: 16".   Overall length: 22.7".

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