Keris / Kris (1) - pamor iron - Kris/keris - Sumatra, Indonesia

Keris / Kris (1) - pamor iron - Kris/keris - Sumatra, Indonesia
Early 18th century - Good

Keris from Sumatra (Indonesia).
The keris has a pamor blade (damask like pattern). This is obtained by the technique of layering different types of iron by the Empu (traditional keris blacksmith).

This Keris has a pamor called Ngulit Semangka (freely translated: peel of a watermelon). This pamor is known for its postive properties (protecting the wearer and easing the interaction with people from all kinds of circles).
The Keris itself (the blade) is in my opinion of very old age and I think that I am still on the cautious side with the beginning of the 18th century side, in other words, I think the keris is even older.

The upholstery (sheath and hilt ) of this keris is clearly less old than the keris itself, but made of very nice wood especially for this keris. Kerises, of such an old age, have often been given another, often better, sheath over the centuries (to honour the keris, or because the wooden sheath is less resistant to time than the keris itself).

The keris is in a beautiful wooden sheath. It has a matching wooden Jawa Demam grip (propped Garuda) with a beautiful Selut.
The wood type of the sheath has a particularly beautiful pattern (see the photos), such types of wood are very precious and were only used for special kerises.

The length of the blade is 23 cm, the length of the entire keris is 36 cm.

Lot details
Total nr of items
Keris / Kris
Indigenous object name
Region/ country
Sumatra, Indonesia
pamor iron
Early 18th century
Sold with stand
36×13×4 cm
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