Moro Keris Sundang
Southern Philippines – Mindanao region – Moro people – 19th century
Materials: Steel, Iron, Silver, Wood, Fabric
A type of keris associated to the Philippines, especially the Moro people from the Southern Philippines. Commonly known among locals as the ‘Kalis‘ keris which is often larger and heaver than its Malay counter piece. A distinctive feature is the rather straight forte overflowing into a double curve, ending in a near straight tip, while others can be near straight. It can be considered more a short sword rather than a dagger and always features a double cutting edge.
Of very high quality, often seen on higher ranked keris attributed to ‘panglima‘ or other dignitaries. The wooden hilt was attached to the blade and bound in fine braided rope, making a wonderful braided pattern. The pommel is made of a precious wood (probably ‘Kemuning’) and depicts a stylistic version of a cockatoo.
A fine and heavy example with a long stretched curve and double edged blade. The ‘Ganja‘ of the blade is plain and runs smooth into the blade. The front of the blade has a ‘kaceng‘ and the back is cut with outmost precision. The forte of the blade has four fullers on each side leaping into a superficial different mid section which ends near the tip. High class ‘kalis‘ blades are forged with outstanding craftsmanship and often show lamination, pattern welding or sometimes even twist core patterns. The mid section of the blade shows some small forging lines which could indicate the blade has a different lamination or twist-core. The cutting edge on both sides ends near the tip which has a medial ridge running the entire way back to the forte. The blade was held in place with an iron clamp attached to the ‘ganja‘. Another feature is true silver inlay nearly down the entire blade ending in a floral symbol near the tip.
A Large and massive example, well forged and considering the quality, likely made for the higher class. This quality is considered scarce on todays art market and suits in an advanced collection.
Condition: Very good, some minor old remains of pitting which is very light. The fabric on the hilt is original and maintained. Some loss on the silver inlay on the blade, further excellent.
Blade ganja thickness: 12mm
Blade length: 56cm
Total length: 69cm
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