A Buginese Keris
The Buginese type keris is one of the oldest known in Indonesia, The hippo ivory hilts were imported by Buginese sailors in Africa before the 15th century as described in Robert Dick Read’s Penjelajah Bahari. This example dates from the 19th century, the blade is likely older.
Materials: Hippo Ivory, Wood, Brass
A very fine Buginese keris from Celebes (Sulawesi). Mounted with an hippopotumus-ivory hilt and a 13 luk blade. The forte has a stylistic Telahleh gadjah and a Djenkot (beard) The pamor is well visable. This keris was made for a man who was skilled in leadership regarding to the blade. The mendak is made of brass and hand chiseled. The scabbard has two sheets of silvered brass with engraved floral motives.
Typical for the Celebes keris is the knob at the end of the scabbard. This example can be dated from around the 19th century. The blade is very likely 18th century and present the mythological Naga (Seasnake) which is agressive because of it’s curved appearance.
Condition: Excellent, minimal signs of ware.
This item is made long before the CITES regulation (1947) and is made of the Hippopotamus amphibius. Please take note that due to the custom regulations of your country this item can be prohibited to import.
Copyright by Peter Andeweg – 2020
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