Antique Indonesian Javanese Islamic Short Sword Dagger Kris Keris
Antique Indonesian-Java Islamic short sword - dagger Kris – Keris BROJOL. The very sturdy blade is finely hand forged with beautiful Pamor Ngulit Semangka Pattern – Tangguh Mataram Era (15th–17th Century A.D). Mounted in the 19th century fittings including hilt made of dark brown wood trembalo, in Surakarta style with the typical carvings. A Silver ferrule or mendak well repoussed and ornamented with granulated pattern. The warangka in Surakarta Banyumasan style is made of medium brown gembol jati (teak) wood with naturally occurring contrasting grains. Fully encased with Silver sheath Pendok, the outer side of the Pendok is finely repousse and engraved with five various birds amongst interlocking floral motifs of Jogja style.
Since high-quality, Keris blades made of Pamor were very valuable and would not go out of fashion or style, they were passed from father to son and were used by the next generations. So, the fine old blades, dating back I as far as the fifteenth century were still used during the 19th century but remounted with a new 19th century mountings.It was also practiced in Japan when the expensive old sword blades were remounted to a new mountings and were still used in 19th and 20th century.
CONDITION: Showing the age and usage, silver Pendok with minor dents and cracks, granulated cooler of the mendak chipped.
Please notice that the pictures in the listing are part of the description of the condition of the object.
Overall length with the scabbard: 44.3 cm (15.9 inches)
Overall length without the scabbard: 44 cm (13.9 inches)
1.The Invincible Krises 2 by Vanna Ghiringhelli
2. Kris Gli Invincibili: Kris The Invincible [The invincible krises] by Vanna Ghiringhelli
3. Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago by Albert G. van Zonneveld