19th century, probably originating from Cirebon.
Base 10.5 cm
Middle 4.5 mm
5 cm from tip 2.5
At ganja 74 mm
Middle 22 mm
5 cm from tip 14.5 mm
6.6 cm from base of blade
Iron, nickel pamor, wood, brass, copper.
European antique art market
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An old keris from Madura. The straight blade with a gentle widening in the center before tapering to a sharp point.
To wash or not to wash
It wasn't recently "washed", like many keris are, a procedure which in my opinion is being executed too harshly today and in most cases is found to ruin the surface of these old blades.
Instead, this example retained an original, old finish, with the nickel-rich pamor layers standing out in high relief over the iron. I strongly urge a buyer to keep it "as is". The number of kerisses retaining some form of the original finish is diminished daily and will continue to shrink.
It has a carved hardwood hilt of abstract form, carved with floral motifs, and with a beautiful deep patina. The hilt’s cup, called pendokok is made of brass and copper with applied brass wire.
There is a cut in the blade near the tip, possibly from contact with another weapon.
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The Hindu mythical brother of Hanuman, the Monkey King.
A Madurese keris hilt, carved from dark hardwood in the form of a Dutch cuirassier.
Rare old keris handle made into a European wax seal.
In the style of a Malay keris panjang.