Keris 13 A Javanese keris with a 5 wave blade. This keris is wulung, meaning that it is
without pamor. When a pandai keris, or empu wishes to showcase his ability as a
sculptor, he will usually do this by choosing to make a keris that has no pamor, and
instead prioritises the form and flow of the carved details of the blade. In the case of
this keris, the maker has achieved his objective to perfection, the kelap lintah gonjo is
tightly mated to the wilah, there is a singo barong carved at the gandhik, the ada-ada is
prominent and does not waver from its central position, all four kruwingan are deep and
flowing, the sogokan on both sides of the blade are deep and perfectly formed, all four
kusen are even and consistent, the two ron-dha and the ron-dha nunut are precise in
placement and form, each blade face is a mirror image of the other. This keris is an
exceptionally fine piece of sculpting, bearing out the opinion of some Javanese art
authorities that the keris is the highest expression of the Javanese plastic arts.
The Surakarta gayaman wrongko is of reddish kayu pelet with an underlaying nginden
grain, and has been skilfully carved in the old gayam kagok bancih style, the hand
engraved copper pendok bears a motif of blossoms and leaves to its face, and an
engraving of the emblem of the Surakarta Karaton to its back. This keris has been worn
and has some almost imperceptible evidence of this.
The Surakarta yudowinatan jejeran (hilt) is a masterwork of the m'ranggi's art and is of
tayuman baru, a dense, reddish wood, it is fitted with a gold plated parijoto mendak.
This is a very fine Surakarta keris, both wrongko and jejeran have been finished by
nggebeg (by burnishing), the blade is an exceptional piece of sculpting. Keris like this do
not come along very often.
Blade length 15" (380mm.) overall length 20.5" (520mm.) $350