AGE: – exact age unknown – our personal collection for more than 40 years
CONSTRUCTION: – Wood and Steel
DESCRIPTION: – Antique Indonesian Javanese Keris Kris – sheath held together with tape on both ends.
LENGTH: – 57.5
BLADE LENGTH:– 45cm
Unusual Antique Indonesian Javanese Keris Kris with a gilded scorpion motif, floral scroll, a motif in the shape of a Wayang Kulit puppet and another motif chased into both sides of the blade.
Unsure of the significance of these motifs, but would have been meaningful to the original possessor of this Keris/kris. Traditionally a long time ago no Javanese would venture out without his Keris/Kris. The Keris was very much a part of his daily attire. In Sulawesi it was was thought that the Keris was a substitute for man’s missing left rib.
During present times the keris is purely used in ceremonies such as a marriage. In the past the Keris frequently functions as the grooms proxy if he was unable to attend the wedding, especially so if he married for the second time, his Keris would represent him at the ceremony.
There could have been an outer cover for this sheath at one time.