The keris Mahesa Katong (alternatively spelled ‘Maheso Katong’) is a rare pusaka heirloom keris forged in the tangguh Blambangan era (1294–1474 CE). Alternatively, the dapur Mahesa Katong is also called ‘Kebo Katong’. This particular straight bladed dapur is very rare indeed. It is a classic Javanese dapur, which is especially praised for its extraordinary aesthetic value and its minimalistic design.
This ancient keris has a rather thick and heavy blade. It is made from high quality iron, and forged in a delicate manner. In spite of the fact that his keris is nearly six centuries old, the blade is retained entirely intact. Almost no traces of degradation of the iron are visible on the surface of the blade, nor are there any signs of deterioration (corrosion, rust, etc.). In fact, due to the extraordinary quality and condition of the blade, one could argue that this keris Mahesa Katong might just as well been made in modern times, which would make it a keris kamardikan, or a contemporary keris.
The empu has managed to skillfully refine the simplicity of the dapur Mahesa Katong through forging the blade without any pamor pattern (pamor Kêlêng). This, of course, emphasizes the subtleness of this ancient keris. Indeed, the plain pamor motif shows an extraordinary high degree of refinement. Though it features a plain and simple design, yet it is the extremely high level of detail and accuracy which make this a very rare and unique pusaka heirloom keris of great historical and artistic value.
The blade features very few ricikan; it has a short but thick ganja, an unusually tall gandik, a small kembang kacang, and a tiny lambe gajah. One can thus instantly recognize the incredible aesthetic value of this keris by its long and high gandik.
And to make this true masterpiece complete, the keris comes with an exclusive warangka sheath hand carved in the classic gayaman Yogyakarta model. Last but not least, it also has a solid silver pendok cover featuring a typical gaya Yogyakarta motif.
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