AGE: – 19th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Steel and wood
HEIGHT: – 47.5cm
BLADE LENGTH:– 35cm
WEIGHT:– 500 gms
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A beautiful 19th Century Indonesian Javanese Wavy Bladed Keris Kris, hand forged steel, 9 luk wavy bladed pamor with a nicely grained wooden scabbard and grip.
The keris is the national weapon of Indonesia, it was used for fighting but today serves more importance in ceremonial events. Many keris owners in Indonesia and Malaysia believe that they possess magical powers and legends and myth abound related to the keris.
The Malays also give great importance to the keris and was also used as a weapon. Other South East Asian countries such as southern Thailand and in the southernmost part of the Philippines have their versions of the keris also. Each of these countries have developed their own unique and traditional style of keris.
In Sulawesi and on the Island of Kalimantan, the manufacture and use of the Keris/kris is restricted to a few coastal areas. However, there is no doubt that the keris/kris originated in Java as some of the oldest keris’ known originated in Java.
The making of a Javanese Keris has traditionally been handed down from father to son throughout the generations. Some master craftsmen such as Empu Djeno Harumbrodjo were highly respected, and even venerated.
Hand forging a keris/kris is a highly sophisticated skill involving ritualistic practices. Religious offerings and magic is imbued into the keris/kris according to the owners wishes.
Technical aspects of the Javanese keris