Forged into the traditional Javanese dapur model of Kebo Teki, the keris patrem is a classic example of Indonesia’s invaluable cultural heritage. Though in fact the Kebo Teki, also known as Mahesa Teki, is a common dapur of the olden days, yet the unique talismanic (patrem) variant of this ancient model is quite rare. The Kebo or Mahesa Teki keris is considered a very auspicious heirloom (pusaka) for farmers and land workers in general. In ancient times, farmers used buffalos (Javanese: kebo) to work their rice fields. Thus, it is believed that the Kebo Teki keris brings the owner a good harvest and a surplus of wealth to his or her family.
The Kebo Teki is a straight-bladed dapur. Compared to other Javanese kerises, the Kebo Teki dapur has a relatively flat but wide blade. It has only very few ricikan, namely a gandik and tikel alis. The gandik, however, is twice as tall as the standard size of this particular keris component, giving the keris Kebo Teki thereby a very distinct look and appearance. Next to the impressive measurements of the gandik, the keris also has a remarkably shallow pejetan.
Perhaps the most striking aspect of this antique heirloom is the extraordinary vividness of the blade. Due to the low density of the iron from which this keris is forged, the blade thus appears in an oddly light-gray color. In the same way, then, the smooth pamor Sanak (or ‘Nyanak’) pattern has a soft gray tone to it as well. And as a finishing touch, the ancient talismanic keris patrem Kebo Teki comes with the original wooden hilt (hulu) and sheath (warangka).