AGE: – 19th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Steel & Wood
DESCRIPTION: – Balinese Lombok Indonesian Straight Bladed Keris – Blade edge damaged (see pictures)
LENGTH: – 56cm
BLADE LENGTH:– 42cm
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Balinese Lombok Indonesian Straight Bladed Keris with plaited hair woven into the grip with short tufts protruding between the weave. The hair is more than likely human hair as the head (penguli) is the most sacred part of the body to the Balinese.
The pamor (meaning the pattern) in the blade of any keris is very important, it is created during the forging process from a mix of different alloys. The pamor is one of the most important aspects of the keris and depending on the pattern can be read pretty much like the art of tea leaf reading.
Many Keris (kris) are handed down from father to son throughout the generations and they are used, worn and displayed ceremoniously at important events such as a marriage. The keris (kris) is thought to hold magical powers which is bestowed upon the keris once the pamor has been created.
There are very few traditional keris makers in Indonesia, Malaysia or Thailand who are still crafting the keris (kris) using the old methods.