A classic example with an older blade and timaha wood scabbard.
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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Its blade with very fine and complex pamor, brought out by a polish.
This style of belt buckles was produced in Tangerang, just West of Batavia, now Jakarta.
An unusual variety, shortened to carbine size, with a chicken wing wood stock.
The sword of the Murut headhunters of northern Borneo.
These ornate versions with hairpin forged blades were worn by local royalty.