The blawong or blawongan is a wall plaque that is used in Java to display a keris upon a
wall. It is usually carved with abstract floral designs, or with wayang or other figures. The
keris that is usually kept in a blawongan is one with some talismanic attribute.
Their use is much favoured in a traditional village setting, and they have been known
since the time of Majapahit, in 14th century Java. At that time they were called "stambha",
and mention of them can be found in the Nagara-Kertagama. The word "stambha" is
related to the word "stambhana" which in Old Javanese had the sense of a magic defence
All blawong shown below have been carved in the village of Serinan, near Solo in Central
Jawa, by carvers from the famous historic carving tradition of Jepara on the North Coast
Price variation is related to finish.
This is the traditional form of keris stand used in Java to both store and exhibit keris. It has a dragon at
each end supporting a cross bar with holes in it to accept the keris.
This stand has been photographed with keris from my own collection in place, these keris are not presently
I have only one of these stands available for sale and it is unlikely that I will be able to obtain more of the
same design and quality. Only one man produced this type of stand and he has now passed away.
OUT OF STOCK
233. A krawangan style carved with a motif
of Nagas and decorated in dwi warna
sunggingan work and with applied gilt.
26" X 10" $160
222. Gunungan form, carved in krawangan
style showing an alas-alasan motif,
decorated with tri warna sunggingan work
and with applied gilt.
26.5" X 14" $165
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229. A teak, krawangan style carved
with a motif of garudas against
lung-lungan background, polished
20.75" X 8.5" $120
|I regret that for several years now I have been unable to obtain ploncons and
blawongs of acceptable quality and at prices that permit resale.
I have no ploncons left, and only the three blawongs that are listed below.
It is possible that I may be able to obtain well priced, adequate quality ploncons and
blawongs in future, but at the moment things don't look too good.