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Keris Tajong Bangsa Agong Carita 0820 – 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

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Keris Bugis Riau Luk7 Chieftain 0421 A very good and rare example of a keris from the southern Sumatran regions of Bugis, Riau Lingga. Finely carved pistol grip or kerdas form handle and prominently broad top sheath, are made from very well selected kemuning woods with natural flashing grains. Bottom stem is made from angsana woods with tiger stripe grains, with a horn bottom tip. A well repossed silver ferrule or pendoko, completes fittings. Very sturdy 7 waved or luk blade with typical Bugis Sulawesi “rugged” sea faring characteristics with a "swollen" mid coross section, and angled edges or gusen. Pamor patterns are arranged in the mlumah technique, having a peak like formation at the base called ujung gunung,
 

Price:- US$1,250 excluding shipping. New.

Keris Bugis Riau Luk 5 Gajah Liman 0521 A very good and rare example of a keris from the southern Sumatran regions of Bugis, Riau Lingga. Finely carved Jawa demam form handle with "Allah" carved at the back, and top sheath, are made from very well selected kemuning woods with natural flashing grains. Wooden bottom stem is fully encased with thick and very well repoused silver. A finely filigree silver ferrule or pendoko, completes fittings. Very sturdy 5 waved or luk blade with prominent spine and the base having the elephant face with a serpent like body called Gajah Liman in Javanese. Pamor patterns are arranged in the mlumah technique, having a peak like formation at the base called ujung gunung, and contouring patterns above it called kulit semangko or melon skin pamor.
 

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Keris Jawa Lurus Sinom 1220 – A fine example of a keris from the central Javanese region of Jogjakarta. The hilt is typical of the region, and is made from very well selected  ebony woods with stress grains, having a silver ferrule or mendak studded with intans. Top sheath or wrangka is in the ladrangan Jogja styles and is made from very well selected pelet woods with naturally occurring contrasting grains. Wooden bottom stem is fully encased with finely repossed silver with animal and floral motifs. Thick and very sturdy straight or lurus blade very well executed base features or perabots, having an overall shape or dapor called sinom in Javanese.
 

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Keris Bugis Sumbawa Luk 15 Kalawija Ganjar Wulung – Another very good and rare example of a keris from the eastern island of Sumbawa. With very strong Bugis influences, the handle in the typical Bugis pistol grip or kerdas form, is made from hard and dark grained woods having very fine floral and geometrical motif carvings typical of the region’s styles. Top sheath is made from very well selected kemuning woods with the bottom stem made of hard and black woods (ebony?) with a buffalo horn bottom tip. A finely filigree silver pendoko or ferrule as well as the neck joint panel completes fittings. Long, rather broad and very sturdy blade with rare 15 waves or luks, having a prominent spine with shallow fullers flanking, it has an overall shape or dapor called kala wija (Javanese).

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Keris Cirebon Luk 5 Kelingan 0119 - Another very rare example from the northern Javanese coastal region of Cirebon. Handle in the bebondolan form is made from rare contrasting grained wood located along the middle called pelet kendit. Sheath in the sandang walikat form is also made from rare contrasting grained wood called pelet awar-awar. A thick silver ferrule or mendak with low grade rubies insets completes fittings. Very long blade with prominent spine and 5 meandering waves or luks having deep picetan and rather plain fretworks, has an overall shape or dapor called Hanoman. Pamor patterns are not using contrasting metals, and are less commonly found in Java. It is called besi kelingan or black metals.

Price:- US$890 excluding shipping.

Keris Melayu Sepokal Junjung Darjat Dwi Warna 0820 – A very good and rare example of a keris from the northern Malaysian state of Terengganu, with the handle in the kerdas or pistol grip form and top sheath in the square tebeng form, made from very well selected kemuning woods. Bottom stem is fully encased with thick and finely repoussed silver, having a silver ferrule or pendoko completing the fittings. Very sturdy blade is straight, but is bent at and angle, with plain base features, it has an overall shape or dapor called sepokal. Pamor patterns are less common from the region, and this has a background pamor kulit semagko or melon skin, and peak like formations on the foreground called junjung darjat. With 2 pamor patterns it is also called dwi warna or bi-colored.

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Keris Bali Lurus Kebo Teki 1118 - Another very rare example of a very long keris from the island of Bali or Lombok. Handle and sheath or wrangka in the typical Balinese gayaman form, are made from pelet woods, with natural contrasting grains and is fully encased with well repoussed silver alloy outer cover. Long and sturdy blade, with well executed perabots or base features, has the elongated gandik called kebo teki using one kembang kacang or elephant trunk like feature. It has an overall shape or dapor called kebo teki. Pamor pattern are arranged in the mlumah technique, of the kulit semangko or melon’s skin. The pamor kulit semangko is said to enhance the owner’s popularity.

Price:- US$870 excluding shipping.

Keris Melayu Bugis Riau Luk 9 0421 – A very good example of a keris from the southern Sumatran region of Riau Lingga. The hilt is typical of the region, and is in the form called the kerdas in Malay, and made from very well selected  ketengga woods with contrasting grains, having a silver ferrule or pendoko missing a couple or petals Top sheath or sampir in Malay, is in the tebeng styles and is made from very well selected kemuning woods with very good grains. Wooden bottom stem is made of angsana and is encased with plain base silver tip. Thick and very sturdy blade with 9 luks or waves, and very well executed base features or perabots, having an overall shape or dapor called carita in Malay.

Price:- US$650 excluding shipping. New.

Keris Jawa Lurus Tilam Sari 0421 – A fine example of a keris from the central Javanese region of Jogjakarta. The hilt is typical of the region, and in the less common bebondolan form is made from very well selected  hard woods with stress grains, and the top sheath or wrangka is in the ladrangan Jogja styles made from well selected pelet woods with naturally occurring contrasting grains. Wooden bottom stem is fully encased with finely repossed silver with animal and floral motifs. Thick and very sturdy straight or lurus blade very well executed base features or perabots, having an overall shape or dapor called tilam sari in Javanese. Pamor patterns are very condense, and are arranged in the mlumah technique of the pamor wos utah or scattered rice variation, which is said to enhance the owner's material well being.
 

Price:- US$650 excluding shipping. New.

Keris Melayu Luk 9 Miang Mas 0312 – A good and rare example of a keris from the northern Malaysian peninsular region of Kelantan or Terengganu. The hilt in the pistol grip or kerdas form, and the top sheath in the square tebeng form, are made from very well selected  ketengga woods, with the bottom stem of angsana woods with tiger's stripe grains. A thick brass ferrule or pendoko completes the fittings. Sturdy blade with 9 luks or waves with very well executed base features or perabots, having the a silver encased elephant trunk or akut perak in Malay. Pamor patterns are well arranged in the mlumah technique of the kulit semangka or melon skin pamor. At certain places, there are layers of homogenous or 'crystalline' looking metals call miang emas in Malay.

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Keris Bugis Sulawesi Luk 5 Pamor Miring 1220 – A very good and rare example of a keris from the southern Sulawesi regions of Bugis. The hilt in the pistol grip, or kerdas form, is typical of the region, and together with the top sheath, are made from very well selected kemuning woods with flashing grains. Wooden bottom stem is fully encased with thick and finely repossed silver with different motifs at the front and back. Thick and very sturdy blade with 5 luks (2 located at the base, and 3 at the top, with the middle rather straight) or waves and a prominent spine having fullers flanking,  very well executed base features or perabots, having an overall shape or dapor called pendawa in Javanese.

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Keris Palembang Luk 7 Sabit Bulan 0121 – A very good and rare example of a keris from the southern Sumatran regions of Palembang. The hilt in the semi human figurine form, is typical of the region, and has finer details carving at the front and back. Top sheath in the less common sabit bulan or crescent moon forms, is made from well selected kemuning woods with flashing grains, with and angsana bottom stem to complete. A well repoussed silver ferrule or pendoko completes the fittings. Very sturdy blade with 7 meandering luks or waves, with  very well executed base features or perabots, having an overall shape or dapor called carubuk in Javanese.
 

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Keris Melayu Luk 5 Malela 0312 – A good and rare example of a keris from the northern Malaysian peninsular region of Kelantan or Terengganu. The hilt in the pistol grip or kerdas form, and the top sheath in the square tebeng form, are made from very well selected  kemuning woods, with the bottom stem of angsana woods. A thick silver ferrule or pendoko completes the fittings. Very sturdy blade with 5 luks or waves located at the bottom half, having prominent spine and fullers flanking, with very well executed base features or perabots, having an overall shape or dapor called malela in Malay.
 

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Keris Jawa Timur Lurus Lawe Saukel 0421 - A very good and rare example of a keris from the eastern Javanese regions, with fittings in the ladrangan forms having the top sheath made from very well selected pelet woods, and the bottom stem fully encased with deeply repoussed silver. Long, very sturdy straight or lurus blade with plain base features or perabots, has an overall shape or dapor called tilam upih. Pamor patterns are arranged in the miring technique showing flowing lines along the blade called pamor lawe saukel or untwining threads.
 

Price:- US$550 excluding shipping. New.

Keris Palembang Luk 13 Mati Kanan Combong 0621 – A very good and rare example of a keris from the southern Sumatran regions of Palembang. Well carved handle in the typical Palembang jawa demam form is made of dark sono keling, or black angsana woods, and top sheath in the typical boat like form, is made from very well selected kemuning woods with flashing grains. Bottom stem is made of angsana woods with tiger stripe grains. Long and very sturdy blade with 13 meandering waves or luks has very well executed and deep base features or perabots, with the last luk bending towards the right or “mati kanan” in Malay. The base sogokans, or fullers, are very deeply executed that over time is has eroded into a spilt. This is called combong, and is sought after for its mystical use.
 

Price:- US$490 excluding shipping. New.

Keris Sundang Moro Luk 13 0421A very good example of a long keris from the southern Philippine regions of Mindanao. Handle in the cylindrical form is made of very hard wood, with jute string wrapping at the grip with copper metal bands. Wooden sheath in the basic stem form without the top sheath, usually meant for more practical warrior attire, is made of hard woods having plain white metal bands. Very long and sturdy blade with 13 waves or luks, and prominent spine and double sharp edges, has the base features or perabots very well executed. The metal attachments to reinforce the hilt with the blade is called the baca-baca.

 

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Keris Palembang Luk 11 Sabit Bulan 1220 – A very good and rather rare example of a keris from the southern Sumatran regions of Palembang. The hilt in the semi human figurine form, is typical of the region, and is made from buffalo horn. A thick and chiselled ferrule or pendoko complete the hilt. Top sheath in the les common sabit bulan or crescent moon forms, is made from well selected kemuning woods with flashing grains, with and angsana bottom stem to complete. Long and very sturdy blade with 11 luks or waves and a prominent spine, with  very well executed base features or perabots, having an overall shape or dapor called sempena in Javanese.
 

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Keris Cirebon Luk 5 Ulu Ganesha 0620 – Fine and very rare example of a keris from the northern Javanese coastal region of Cirebon. Finely carved handle of kenaung black wood is in the form of a hidden Ganesha, the Hindu elephant god.. Top sheath in the very sublime and rarely seen form is made of sono kling woods with contrasting grains. Very long and sturdy blade with 5 waves or luks and well executed and deep perabots, with an overall shape or dapor is called Hanuman. Pamor patterns are very condense and are arranged in the miring technique of the adeg ilir or standing variations. It is said to protect the owner from natural mishaps.

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Keris Melayu Luk 3 Ganjar Seiras 0620 - Very good and rather rare example of a keris from the northern Malaysian peninsular region of Kelantan or Kedah. Finely carved handle in the jawa demam form and top sheath in the tebeng forms, are made from well selected kemuning woods with flashing grains. Bottom stem is made from angsana woods with a thick brass ferrule or pendoko to complete fittings. Very long  blade with 3 waves or luks and rather pain base features or perabots, with the rare base cross piece made one with the blade or ganjar seiras.

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Keris Madura Lurus Asihan 0521 A very good and rare example of a keris from the island of Madura, eastern Java. Fittings in the ladrangan Madura  styles with the handle in the bebondolan form, and top sheath, made from very well selected pelet woods with natural contrasting grains. Wooden bottom stem is encased with a very well repoused brass stem cover or pendok blewah. A finely filigree brass ferrule or mendak, completes fittings. Very sturdy straight or lurus blade is rather long and with the base having very plain features, has an overall shape of dapor called tilam upih in Javanese. Pamor patterns are rare and are arranged in the mlumah technique, having a peak like formation at the base called ujung gunung, and contouring patterns above it called kulit semangko or melon skin pamor.

 

Price:- US$450 excluding shipping. New.

Keris Bali Luk 9 Ulu Kusia Dwi Warna 1017 - A good and rare example of a keris from the island of Bali. Handle is made of buffalo horn and is well carved in the form of a beetle called the kusia. Top sheath is made of dark ebony wood called aring, and bottom stem is made from well selected pelet woods having naturally occurring contrasting grains. 9 waved blade or luks with typical Balinese smooth finish, having rare pamor arrangements with the base with a peak like formation called pamor ujung gunung or mountain peak. Above it are arrangements of the pamor kulit semangko or melon skin pamor. The pamor ujung gunung is said to enhance the owner's status while the pamor kulit semangko is for popularity.

Price:- US$420 excluding shipping.

Keris Bugis Sulawesi Luk 5 Pendawa Ulu Tandok 0719 – A very good and rather rare example of a keris from the southern Sulawesi region of Bugis. Handle in the kerdas teleng form, is made of buffalo horn and is deeply and finely carved with floral motifs. The top sheath in the typical Bugis tebeng or square forms, is made from well selected burl woods, or kayu limar. A thick silver ferrule or pendoko completes fittings. Very sturdy blade with 5 prominent waves or luks and well executed base features, having the spine with fullers flanking. It has an overall shape or dapor called Pendawa in Javanese, referring to the 5 pendawas.

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Keris Palembang Luk 9 Petola 1019 - A very good and rare example of a keris from the southern Sumatran regions of Palembang. Finely carved handle in the semi bird form is made from hard dark woods called sono keling. Base of hilt is having a well repoussed brass ferrule or pendoko. Top sheath in the typical Palembang boat form, is made from very well selected kemuning woods with flashing grains, with the bottom stem or gandar, made from angsena woods with tiger's strip grains. Slim but very sturdy blade with very sublime 9 waves or luks, has an overall shape or dapor called petola. Pamor patterns are arranged in the mlumah technique, and shows few shades of black and white metals, that suggest a lot more variation of metals used.

Price:- US$460 excluding shipping.
 

Keris Bugis Sumbawa Lurus Sepokal Dwi Warna 0919  - A very good example of a keris from the Sulawesi influenced island of Sumbawa. Handle in the kerdas or pistol grip form is made of very hard and well grained kemuning wood. Top sheath is made of similar hard woods, with the bottom stem made of angsena woods with tiger's stripe grains. A thick brass pendoko or ferrule completes fittings. Very sturdy straight or lurus blade with and angular profile, and an overall shape or dapor called sepokal in Malay. Pamor pattern shows a peak like formations at the base called ujung gunung, and above it are pamor of the wos utah or scattered rice variations.

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Keris Jawa Lurus Tilam Upih Meteor 1220 – A good and rather rare example of a keris from the island of  eastern Java. Fittings in the gayaman forms are made from buffalo or kerbau bones, having fine surface carvings, showing floral motifs. Very sturdy blade with a straight or lurus profile, and plain base features or perabots, with and overall shape or dapor called tilam upih. Pamor patterns are arranged in the mlumah technique of the pamor kulit semagko or melon skin variations, which is said to enhance the owner's popularity.
 

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Keris Bugis Sulawesi Lurus Sepokal Sampir Gembol 0618 - A very good example of a keris from the southern Sulawesi region of Bugis. Handle in the typical Bugis pistol grip or ulu pangulu form, is made from hardwood kemuning , having a  thick silver pendoko or ferrule to complete.  Top sheath or sampir in Malay, is in the typical Bugis rectangular tebeng forms, is made from very well selected burl woods or gembol in Javanese. Thick and very sturdy blade, with a straight or lurus profile but having an angular or sepokal form blade.

Price:- US$400 excluding shipping.

Keris Melayu Lurus Carita Selip 0820 – Very good and rather rare example of a short keris from the norther Malaysian peninsular region of Terengganu. Finely carved handle in the pipit teleng or jawa demam form is made from well selected kemuning woods with the top sheath in the less common kusiwo form made from ketengga woods having naturally occurring contracting grains.. Bottom stem is made from angsana woods with tiger's stripe grains, and a pierced through copper ferrule or pendoko to complete fittings. Very short and straight or lurus blade, having a spine with fullers flanking, and well executed base features or perabots, with an overall shape or dapor called carita in Malay. The short nature of the blade is also called selip in Malay, and is associated to ceremonial of a boy's use.

Price:- US$400 excluding shipping.

Keris Melayu Luk 5 Selip 0820 – Very good and rather rare example of a short keris from the southern Malaysian peninsular region of Selangor or Johore. Handle in the kerdas or pistol grip form and top sheath in the tebeng forms, are made from well selected kemuning woods with flashing tiger's stripe grains. Bottom stem is made from angsana woods with a white metal ferrule or pendoko to complete fittings. Very short blade with 5 waves or luks and well executed base features or perabots, having a flat surface with angled edge, has strong Bugis influences. The short nature of the blade is also called selip in Malay, and is associated to ceremonial of a boy's use.
 

Price:- US$370 excluding shipping.

Keris Jawa Timur Ganggeng Kanyut 1017 - Another good and rare example of a keris from the eastern Javanese regions. Fine carved "bulging" handle form called the bebondolan(?) is made of very well selected pelet kendit woods with a single dark grain going across the bid section. Wrangka or sheath in the ladrangah branggah forms, is also made with well selected pelet woods, having dark grains (dead cells) occurring due to fungus attack. Long and very sturdy straight or lurus blade, with well executed base features or perabots and a prominent spine, has an overall shape or dapor called sempena bener. Pamor patterns are arranged in the miring technique, and are called Gangeng Kanyut, which is said to enhance the owner's status.

Price:- US$360 excluding shipping.
 

Keris Jawa Luk 13 Blarak Ngirid 0121 – A very good and rare example of a keris from the central Javanese regions of Jogjakarta. Fittings in the gayaman Jogja forms with the handle made of dark woods kenaung(?), and the top sheath made of well selected pelet woods having finely repoussed silver alloy stem cover or pendok bunton.  A thick brass ferrule or mendak completes the fittings. Sturdy blade with 13 meandering luks or waves, and  very well executed base features or perabots, having an overall shape or dapor called sangkelat in Javanese. Pamor patterns are rare and very well arranged in the miring technique, showing flaring lines from the middle outwards, called blarak ngirid, or coconut leaves. It is said to enhance the owner's status.


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Keris Madura Lurus Wrangka Kerang Burung 0218 - A very good example of a keris from the island of Madura. Rare fittings is finely carved from hardwood, with the top sheath in the typical Madura kerang or shell forms, but is finely carved into a three dimensional cockatoo bird. Sturdy blade is straight or lurus, and having plain base features, it has an overall shape or dapor called tilam upih. Pamor patterns are arranged in the mlumah technique, of the kulit semangko or melon’s skin variations, and is said to enhance the owner’s popularity.

Price:- US$340 excluding shipping.

Keris Jawa Luk 5 Singa Barong 0121 – A very good and rare example of a keris from the central Javanese regions of Surakarta. Fittings in the gayaman Solo forms with the handle made of burl woods or gembol, and the top sheath made of setar woods having finely repoussed silver alloy and brass stem covers or pendok bunton.  A white metal ferrule or mendak selut studded with green crystals, completes the fittings. Very sturdy blade with 13 meandering luks or waves, and  very well executed base features or perabots, having the figurine at the base called singa barong, with an overall shape or dapor called Pendawa in Javanese. Pamor patterns are rare and very well arranged in the miring technique, showing semi circular patterns along the edges and midsection called unthuk banyu, or water bubbles. It is said to enhance the owner's popularity.


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Keris Jawa Luk 9 Sedayu 1220 – A good old example of a keris from the central or eastern Javanese regions. Fittings in the gayaman Surakarta forms, has the top sheath made from well selected pelet woods, with naturally occurring contrasting grains, having the bottom stem encased with a thick brass stem cover or pendok blewah.Very sturdy blade with 9 very sublime  luks or waves and well executed base features or perabots, having the attribution to the sedayu era. Pamor patterns are arranged in the mlumah technique of the pamor kulit semagko or melon skin variations, which is said to enhance the owner's popularity.


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Keris Jawa Lurus Pasopati Batu Lapak  0120 - A very good example of a keris from the island central Jawa. Fittings in the Solonese ladrangan forms with the top sheath made of well grained trembalo woods, and hilt made from black hard ebony woods. Bottom stem is encased with a plain brass stem cover or pendok blewah. Long, very sturdy blade with strong base features or perabots, that includes the kembang kacang, picetan and the grenengs or fretworks. It has an overall shape or dapor called pasopati in Javanese. Pamor patterns are arranged in the miring technique, showing vertical lines of the standing or adeg pamor, and a semi circular formation at the base called batu lapak.

Price:- US$260 excluding shipping.
 

Keris Jawa Lurus Ganjar Dwi Warna 0320 - Another very good and rare example of a keris from the central Javanese regions, with the fittings or  wrangka  in the ladrangan Surakarta forms, having a plain brass outer stem cover or pendok blewah, with turtle shell panel in the middle. Long and very sturdy, straight or lurus blade, with plain base features or perabots, having only the the picetan without any sogokans, with an overall shape or dapor called jalak tilam upih. Pamor patterns are arranged in the mlulah technique, and are of the wos utah or scattered rice variations.

 Price:- US$245 excluding shipping.

Keris Sundang Moro Luk 9 Adeg 0421 - A good example of a keris from the southern Philippines region of Mindanao. Newly made fittings with the handle in the typical cockatoo bird form and the top sheath in the sandang walikat forms. Long, very sturdy blade with 9 slender waves or luks, with typical base features or perabots, that includes the white metal attachments to the hilt called the baca-baca. Pamor patterns are not contrasting, which is the norm from the area, due to the non nickel metals used. From the forging lines the arrangements are of the miring technique and are of the adeg or standing variations.
 

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Keris Jawa Betok Pamor Tiban 0312 – A good and rare example of a keris from the eastern Javanese regions of Jawa Timur. The wrangka or fittings are in the sandang walikat forms, with the hilt very well carved having strong Maruda influences  A finely granules brass ferrule or mendak completes the fittings.Short and rather broad blade with broaden top and plain base features, has an overall shape or dapor called betok in Javanese. Pamor patterns are well arranged in the mlumah technique of the kulit semangka or melon skin pamor. At certain places, especially at the base, there are unplanned pamor patterns called pamor tiban.


Price:- US$230 excluding shipping. New.

 

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