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Ancient Balinese Keris featuring Straight-bladed Dapur Sepang with Pamor Ngulit Semangka

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In present-day Indonesia the Balinese keris is renown for its large measurements and robust artwork. Kerises from Bali stand out from the rest of Indonesian pusaka (heirloom) weapons, especially when compared to the moderate sizes and subtle designs of the Javanese keris. The average length of the blade of a Balinese keris measures 40-45 cm ...

Keris Sempaner with Pamor Adeg Sapu from the Ancient Sundanese Segaluh Kingdom (12th Century CE)

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The keris Sempaner is a traditional heirloom item (pusaka) from the time of the ancient Kingdom of Sunda and Galuh in West Java, Indonesia. In general, Sundanese artifacts from the tangguh Segaluh era (12th century CE) are extremely rare since there are very few archaeological remains from this historical period. Though it was a predominantly ...

Charismatic Majapahit Keris Brojol with Pamor Bendo Segodo Pattern + Rojo Gundolo Motif

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Kerises and other pusaka (heirloom) items made in thirteenth to fifteenth century Java during the glorious tangguh Majapahit era (1292–1500 CE) are among the best collections of traditional Indonesian weaponry. The royal artisans of the Javanese Hindu Kingdom of Majapahit brought forth some of the most amazing works of art and architecture. Thus, this historical ...

Marvelous Keris with Twofold Dapur (Sepang & Damar Murub) + Twofold Pamor Motif (Pulo Tirto and Rojo Gundulo)

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The dapur model of this ancient keris looks stunning, for it is a combination of two different dapurs, namely the straight-bladed Sepang and the single-waved (luk 1) Damar Murub model. Obviously, it requires great skills to forge a keris with a twofold dapur. The spectacular aesthetics of both dapurs are perfectly merged together into a ...

Ancient Artifact Keris Brojol from the Javanese Hindu-Buddhist Tangguh Singasari Era (13th Century CE)

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The ancient artifact keris brojol exhibits characteristic features of kerises made in the tangguh Singasari era (1222–1292), the heydays of Hindu-Buddhist culture and archaeology in East Java. Though the majority of pusaka heirloom kerises from the time of the Singosari Kingdom usually have a corroded iron blade and a faded pamor motif, yet the dark ...