Keris Kebo Teki Luk 5 with Pamor Wos Wutah made in the Tangguh Tuban Era (14th Century CE)


The majority of traditional Javanese Kebo dapur keris models has a straight blade. There are, however, a few exceptions, like the Kebo Dendeng and Dengen variants, which both have five waves (luk). Although this keris does has a waved-blade, it is neither a Dendeng nor Dengen type of Kebo; it is, in fact, a Kebo Teki. The Kebo Teki model originally is a straight-bladed dapur, yet this particular version from the tangguh Tuban era (1294–1474 CE) features five luks. Its decorative ricikan parts simply do not correspond to those commonly seen on the two aforementioned Kebo variants with waved blades. For instance, unlike the Dendeng model, this keris does not have any ada-ada, nor does it feature a sor-soran. Likewise, when compared to the Dengen model, there is a striking difference in the shape of the ganja part at the base of the blade (i.e. ganja wuwung versus ganja wilut).

Keris Kebo Teki Tangguh Tuban

This is not to say that it is by any means an ordinary Kebo Teki keris. On the contrary, the featured ricikan are unique to this Teki version alone. The conventional keris Kebo Teki does not have any ricikan other than a tikel alis, a tall gandik and a shallow pejetan. But this keris, however, also features a kembang kacang, jalen, three lambe gajahs, a jalu memet, and a greneng elaborated with ron dho. Needless to say, the exclusive ricikan are extremely rare for a keris of this kind. Indeed, with its many ricikan and multiple luks, this keris Kebo Teki is one of a kind.

Keris Kebo Teki Tangguh Tuban Majapahit

Next, the blade of the ancient keris has been decorated with the popular pamor Wos Wutah motif. Due to the contrast between the color of the iron and other sacred metals a bright pamor pattern emerges from the blade. Wos Wutah, or Beras Wutah (‘spilled rice’) as it is sometimes called, is a traditional type of pamor which is closely associated with auspicious events of good luck and fortune. This motif is classed as a tiban type of pamor, which means that the empu (keris maker) did not create it intentionally but rather did it emerge spontaneously. Thus, the favorable outcome of forging such pamor is believed to bestow upon the keris’ owner blessings of wealth. In addition, the keris’ mystical properties offer protection to all members of the household where this keris is kept, thereby allowing the owner and his or her family members to live in safe and prosperous conditions.

Keris Kebo Teki Luk 5 with Pamor Wos Wutah

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