CONSTRUCTION: – Wood & Steel
DESCRIPTION: – Indonesian Javanese Keris Naga Blade
LENGTH: – 48.5cm
BLADE LENGTH: – 37cm
Weight: – 350gms
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The technique used in forging a keris is a sophisticated procedure combined with ritual where every detail in its manufacture is important. The craftsman (Empu) would initially refer to the ancient Javanese astrological calendar to determine an auspicious day in which he would begin to start work on the keris.
It was not unusual for the “Empu” to go into retreat or isolation in order to fast and cleanse his mind, spirit and body, thus reach a heightened spirituality. During his retreat he would call on his ancestors to give him guidance throughout the process.
Such was the importance of the crafting of a keris that the Empu’s work environment was also paid a great deal of attention, almost shrine like with offerings of food and flowers. These rituals were meant to align the earthly and heavenly abodes ensuring the effectiveness of the magical properties of the keris.
In Indonesia and Malaysia a keris can be especially valued if it was made by a famous Empu (keris maker). The Empu was considered a special person and was held in high regards or seen as a spiritual figure.
Information sourced from the book “The Keris” written by David Van Duuren