Antique Indonesian Balinese Bali Gerantiman Sword Keris Kris With Naga And Garud
Antique 19th century Indonesian (Bali or Lombok) sword Keris-Kris with a robust extremely well-made serpentine shaped Wilah (blade), with 22 luks ('waves’) superbly hand wrought from different layers of iron with a very unusual pattern and adorned on both sides with a finely hand chiseled crowned Naga (Mythological Serpent). The lower jaw of the Naga is rested on a superbly carved head of Garuda, this type of ornament combination of the Naga and Garuda is very rare.
Gilded brass Ukiran (Keris hilt) in old Balinese GERANTIM , GRANTIM, GERANTIMAN style is embossed with stylized woven songket textile pattern, and the top of the pommel cap adorned with a sprout, the base mounted with large bulbous Selut and Mendak (cuff) set with red and green cabochon glass.
The Keris with the grantim hilt is embossed with stylized woven songket textile pattern and was reserved to worn by nobles. People who were not recognized as nobles were denied the right to wear the keris with this hilt form.
CONDITION: Showing age and usage, pommel of the hilt slightly damaged with signs of repair. The blade and the Mendak has traces of pink pigment.
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Overall length: 59 cm (23.23 inches)