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KRIS, Dagger

17th-20th century

Indonesia/Malaysia

Steel, precious wood, polychromed wood.

Full Length: 52 cm; Blade Length: 32 cm

This Kris, from the island of Java, has a dapur luk, double edged waved blade with nine luk, or waves, made of steel with a beautiful rekan pamor or pattern.

The hulu, or hilt, made of precious wood is sculpted in the typical Surakarta format – in the shape of a stylised Garuda.

The wrangka, ship, of the gandar or scabbard is worked in the Gayaman style and is completely painted. Over the blue background a royal family seal stands out surrounded by a continuous floral decoration, where the red and green colours dominate. The entire upper frame of the ship is decorated with a frieze with the same floral pattern.

The pendok or long part of the scabbard is made of wood painted in a strong red tone. A colour only used by the King and his family.

The prabot (generic designation for the totality of the Kris’ details which together with the blade’s shape defines its style) is complete and well marked: Greneng, Pecetan, Gandik.

Bibl.: Cameron Stone, 1999, pp. 382-394, fig. 486/10; Gaspard de Marval, 1997, p. 23

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 Solo (Kraton)
Asal: Surakarta Empu Berojosetiko

Umur:1840-1860

Dapur: Panimbal
Pamor: Kenanga Ginuba
Wranka: Gayaman Gandhon Sunggingan (painted) in Modang Motive and Coat of arms of the Susuhunan(Emperor) of Solo "Paku Buwana"=spike of the world in the center
Pendok: Blewah in Kemalon Abang laquer -means owned by sons and grandsons of the Susuhunan;centerpiece with Lung Melati motive
Hilt: Jejeran Yudowinotan in Tayumanwood
Mendak: Kendit in gold.

This type of hilt represnts a bent man with two Patra-faces of the fornamed Lord of the Woods,Bonaspati.This Bonaspati is the very essence of the Keris Religion-means forefather of anything that lives!

Classification - Philip Hartmann

KRIS, Adaga

XVII / XX

Indonésia/Malásia

Aço, madeira exótica, madeira policromada

comp. total: 52 cm; comp. lâmina: 32 cm

Este Kris originário da ilha de Java, mostra uma dapur luk, lâmina de duplo gume ondulada, com 9 luk, ondas, em aço com um belo pamor, padrão, rekan.

O hulu, punho, em madeira exótica, está esculpido no formato típico de Surakarta – em forma de Garuda estilizado.

A wrangka, nau, da gandar, bainha, está trabalhada no estilo Gayaman e é totalmente policromada. Sobre o fundo azul do casco, destaca-se uma insígnia de família Real rodeada por uma decoração floral contínua, onde predominam os tons verdes e vermelho. Todo o rebordo superior da nau é decorado por um friso com o mesmo padrão floral.

O pendok, haste, da gandar, bainha, é em madeira pintada num tom vermelho forte. Cor só usada pelo Rei e respectiva família.

O prabot (designação genérica para a totalidade dos detalhes do Kris que em conjunto com a forma da lâmina define o tipo deste) está completo e bem marcado: Greneng, Pecetan, Gandik.

Bibl.: Cameron Stone, 1999, pp. 382-394, fig. 486/10; Gaspard de Marval, 1997, p. 23

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