KRIS, Dagger

Blade: 16th/17th century; Hilt: 17th to 19th century


Steel, wood, silver

Full Length: 47 cm; Blade Length: 32 cm.

This Kris probably originating in the island of Java is datable from the 17th to the 19th centuries. The straight shape of the blade points to an early date such as the end of the 16th or beginning of the 17th century.

The hulu, or hilt, is sculpted in wood in the shape of a stylized Garuda, known as Yogjakarta.

The wrangka, or ship, of the scabbard is made of wood and is in the shape of a Chinese boat of the ladrang type.

The pendok or straight part of the gandar (scabbard) is covered in silver with a chiselled vegetal decoration.

Previously from Rainer Daehnhardt’s collection.

Bibl.: Cameron Stone, 1999, p. 382-394, fig. 481/17

First an introduction about myself and the kris terminology. I collect this for about 45 years and still learning. I determine for a lot of auctions and Musea,and am chairman and advisor for over 20 years now of the Dutch Studygroup De Kris. We have to deal with the fact that about 80 % of the knowledge has been lost!

So with the remnant of knowledge via old Kraton papers,sometimes century-old books of Dutch and other European ivestigators and oral tales from Indonesia we have to do it!

This makes this hobby very adventurous but also difficult.

Some terminology i use:

Asal: where the BLADE is made or comes from
Umur: Age,again of the blade
Dapur: Outer shape name of the blade
Pamor: Nickle pattern design
Wranka: Ship either in fruitshape(Gayaman) or Shipshape(Ladrang)
Gandar: Wooden protector of the blade attached on the ship
Pendok: Metal sheath
Jejeran: Solo hilt
Deder: Yogyakarta hilt
Mendak: Ring between blade and hit; Malaysia: Pedongkok

Keris Yogyakarta

Asal: Tuban
Umur: around 1600
Dapur: Tilam Upih
Pamor: Nunggak Semi + Sumur Sineba
Wranka: Branggah model Mangkubumen inTrembalowood
Pendok: Blewah in tombak with Semen Peksi Dewatah=Devine Bird-motive
Hilt: Deder model Mangubumen in Tayuman wood
Mendak:Bejen type in silver
Mangkubumi was the first Yogya Sultan in 1755: HB I. So it is safely to say the equipment is old-18th century!
Classification - Philip Hartmann

KRIS, Adaga

XVI/XVII: a lâmina; XVII a XIX: o punho


Aço, madeira, prata

comp. total: 47 cm; comp. lâmina: 32 cm.

Este Kris com a origem atribuível à ilha de Java é datável do século XVII até ao século XIX. O formato rectilíneo da lâmina aponta para épocas bastante recuadas, finais do século XVI e inícios do século XVII.

O hulu, punho, é esculpido em madeira na forma figurada de Goruda estilizado, tipologicamente designado por Yogjakarta.

A wrangka, nau, da baínha, é de madeira e está construída na forma de um barco chinês tipo ladrang.

O pendok, haste, da gandar, bainha, é revestido a prata com uma decoração cinzelada de motivos vegetalistas.

Proveniente da colecção Rainer Daehnhardt.

Bibl.: Cameron Stone, 1999, p. 382-394, fig. 481/17

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