A large Madura Keris with Adeg pamor
All islands in the Indonesian Archipel are known for their typical own styles in weaponry. The most mythical weapon found in the archipel: the keris or kris, comes in different varieties.
This example comes from Madura, an island with mainly Islamic inhabitants on the North East of Java. The ‘Warangka’ has a typical form ending in a half curl and is made of peletwood. The ‘Oekiran’ is very finely carved and symbolizes an antropomorphic creature (Donoriko). The overal exterior of the handle is decorated with floral motives with on the front a winged horse, very typical for Madura.
The blade (wilah) is a so called ‘Luk 9’ and shows many characteristics of ancient form such as the ‘Ganja’ (guard) and the Elephant alike ‘Kembang Kacan ‘ on the forte. The blade has an Adeg pamor which is a ‘Pamor Miring ‘ that should protect against black magic, diseases, epedemics, floods and even poissoned animals.
The blade is quite large and of good solid quality.
Dating: The handle and scabbard date from the 19th century, the blade could be slightly older. The exterior of the keris was mostly changed due to damage or because of change of fashion.
Condition: Very good, the blade could be washed, but is in ‘as found’ condition. The handle has a small crack due to age and climate influences. The scabbard has a small crack as showed on the photos below.
Copyright by Peter Andeweg – 2020
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