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Keris Tajong Bangsa Agong Pandai Saras 0821.

Keris Tajong Bangsa Agong Pandai Saras 0821 A fine and 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. Its very unique handle, made of hard woods called kenaung, it 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 larger size is said to show higher status, and is called Bangsa Agung, or noble stature.

The handle had been described by writers from the west as a kingfisher. 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 very well selected kemuning woods with natural flashing grains and the bottom stem is made of angsena wood with tiger's stripe grains. A finely repoussed pierced through silver pendoko or ferrule completes fittings.

The straight and very sturdy blade is long and typical of the region's styles. Having a prominent triangular spine or "tulang" in Malay and very well executed base features or perabots. It has an overall shape or dapor is called pandai saras in Malay.

Pamor patterns are not contrasting, which is the norm from the area, and from the forging lines the arrangements are of the miring technique of the adeg or standing variation.

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 middle to late 20th century.

Length of blade: 17".   Overall length: 21".

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