Antique Indonesian Dagger Sword Keris Kris Gold Gilded Bayu Hilt

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Antique, Indonesian dagger -sword, keris, kris, of superb quality with late 19th century Balinese courtly-style figural hilt (hulu) depicts the god 'Bayu' sitting on a tumpal throne. He is the god of wealth and well-being (a variation of the Indian wind-god Vayu). The hilt is coated with, gold gilded brass, worked in repoussé and finely, chased and engraved. The clothing of the wealth-god, his sceptre, diadem, ear, hair- and arm-jewellery, and container of amrita, the elixir for eternal life holds in his right-hand, set with various colours cabochon beads, as is the Selut and Mendak. 

 

An 18th century extremely well made serpentine -shaped blade, superbly hand wrought from pamor iron. Damascus pattern displays various layers of metal. The sheath: the "ship" ("Wrangka") is made of wood with brass Pendok decorated with incised foliate design. 

 

Since high-quality, Keris blades made of Pamor were very valuable and would not go out of fashion or style, were part of the pustaka or heirlooms of the aristocracy to be passed from generation to generation. They were considered to have magic and to imbue magic and power on their owners. So, the fine old blades, dating back I as far as the fifteenth century were still used during the 19th century but remounted with a new 19th century mountings. It was also practiced in Japan when the expensive old sword blades were remounted to a new mounting and were still used in 19th and 20th century. 

 

CONDITION: Showing the age and usage, brass Pendok with dents. Please notice that the pictures in the listing are part of the description of the condition of the object 

 

MEASUREMENTS

Overall length with the scabbard: 54 cm (21.26 inches)

Overall length without the scabbard: 48 cm (18.9 inches) 

 

The word Pamor comes from the Javanese word “Wor” or “Awor” and it means “mixture” and refers to a pattern in the blade made by means of forging together layers of different metals, typically layered billets of steel and nickel alloys Many pamor motifs are found, each with its own meaning, magic and value. 

 

REFERENCES

1.The Invincible Krises 2 by Vanna Ghiringhelli

2. Kris Gli Invincibili: Kris The Invincible [The invincible krises] by Vanna Ghiringhelli

3. Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago by Albert G. van Zonneveld

Item Details

Reference #:
ES900
Quantity
1
Category
Militaria & Weapons
SubCategory
Edged Weapons & Knives
Department
Antiques (approx100yrs)
Year
19th century
Dimensions
(Width x Height X Depth)
x x
Weight
Unknown
Condition
good
Material