A Balinese 'Kubera' keris

1,400.00

Indonesia, Bali, 19th and early 20th century

Materials: Brass,Bronze, Steel, Iron, Resin,Wood

Status: Available

 

1,400.00

Description

A Kubera hilted Bali keris - 19th century A Kubera hilted Bali keris - 19th centuryThe keris is one of the most iconic weapons of the Indonesian archipel. Besides hundreds of years of heritage, it is also known in Indonesian religion to posses mythical powers. The keris from the modern period (1300-1600A.D.) are also considered as an important symbol of status for the owner.
Not every keris was suitable for every man. The ‘Empu’ (bladesmith) forges the blade to identify its future owner. Aspects such as leadership, wealth, luck or capability of consorting with bad spirits are a few of the numerous types.

This example originates from Bali and features a fine straight polished blade and rare type of hilt which is attributed to Hinduism, Bali’s most practiced religion.
A Kubera hilted Bali keris - 19th century
Kubera:
In ancient Hindu history known as ‘Kuber‘ or ‘Kuvera‘ being the god of wealth and treasury and king god of the ‘Yaksha‘ gods and protector of the world. He is often depicted with a big belly, adorned with jewelry and gemstones or holding a bag full of money such as depicted on our example here. ‘Kubera’ is also represented in Buddhism and Jainism. Most depictions of this deity date from the 10th till 14th century and is afterwards rarely depicted on keris hilts.

Kubera, India - 9th century
A stone carved statue of ‘Kubera’ with a big belly and a pot of money held in his left hand India, probably 9th century – Study Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York.

The ‘Oekiran‘ (hilt):
As mentioned, depicting a ‘Kubera‘ holding a bag of money in front of his wealthy belly. On top his crown to symbolize his royal status, ruling over the ‘Yaksha‘. The repousse hilt is made of brass which is filled with resin. The ‘mendak’ is made of casted bronze.
A Kubera hilted Bali keris - 19th centuryA Kubera hilted Bali keris - 19th centuryA Kubera hilted Bali keris - 19th centuryA Kubera hilted Bali keris - 19th century

 

 

 

 

 

The ‘Wilah‘ (blade):
An exquisite blade in typical Balinese fashion; polished smooth and still maintaining its original ‘Waranga‘ washing. The fine pamor structure is clearly visible on the entire blade. The ‘Dapur‘ is straight, representing a resting ‘Naga‘. The ‘Ganja‘ (guard) is attached to the blade which ensures its given power by the ‘Empu‘ (blade smith) The blade is double edged and has a medial ridge which runs down the blade ending in the tip.
A Kubera hilted Bali keris - 19th century A Kubera hilted Bali keris - 19th century

Conclusion: A very aesthetically pleasing keris with an excellent preserved blade and rare hilt type which represents treasury and wealth.
The scabbard is carved of two pieces with a ‘Pelet’ fineer finish, made for another keris, but fits quite decent.

Condition: Excellent, the hilt has a little deforming on the base near the ‘mendak’  and the scabbard doesn’t match the keris, but fits quite well.

Dimensions:
Hilt: 14cm
Blade: 41.4cm
Scabbard:53cm
Total length: 65.6cm

Sources: Britannica
A Kubera hilted Bali keris - 19th century
A Kubera hilted Bali keris - 19th century A Kubera hilted Bali keris - 19th century A Kubera hilted Bali keris - 19th century A Kubera hilted Bali keris - 19th century A Kubera hilted Bali keris - 19th century A Kubera hilted Bali keris - 19th century


A Kubera hilted Bali keris - 19th century

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