Blawong

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
against disaster.

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
of Jawa.

Price variation is related to finish.
                                                    Ploncon
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
for sale.  

I have only three 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 become too old to work.
                                                                                                                    
 OUT OF STOCK
Ploncon & Blawong
Keris Display
Tosanaji Keris
234.   A polished krawangan style carved
with a motif of Nagas against foliage.

This ploncon is made to display two keris.

19.75"  X  15.3"                           
   $120
231.   A polished Gunungan form
with a motif of Nagas against foliage.

25.1"  x  15.25"                       
$120
233.   A krawangan style carved with a motif
of  Nagas and decorated in dwi warna
sunggingan work and with applied gilt.

26"  X  10"                                          
  $140
229.   A polished krawangan style with a
motif of Garudas against foliage.

20.75"  X  8.6"                           
 $100
227.    A village style blawong showing a
wayang character, Bagong, carved in relief
and decorated in tri warna sunggingan work
with gilt highlights.

27.25" X 12.5"                               
 $100
225.   An antique blawong of village style
showing a wayang character, possibly
Arjuna, carved in relief and decorated
with triwarna sunggingan work with gilt
highlights.

28 X 12.25"                                  
$65
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"                               
 $145         
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SOLD