Keris 6  An old Madurese keris bearing pamor adeg wengkon and of dhapur tilam upih.
Adeg wengkon is the pamor that was used in keris and tombak that were presented to a
newly created bupati by his lord. The symbolism involved was that the wengkon
represented the bupati, the line of pamor adeg represented the people that the bupati was
responsible for protecting and administering. Talismanically adeg wengkon is regarded as
one of the strongest protective pamors. This is an old blade, my estimate of age is the
second half of the 1700's.

The Madura gabilan wrongko is an udengan form that was popular with people who were
not members of the ruling elite, it has the status of a folk art form, very often the owner of
the keris would carve his own wrongko and use his own motif for ornamentation. This
form of wrongko has now become highly desired by East Javanese collectors. A pendok
with traces of silver plate is fitted.

The old, finely carved tumenggungan hilt is fitted with a silver mendak embossed with an
untu walang motif.

This keris was acquired in Sumenep, Madura in 1976. It has been a part of my personal
collection since that time.

Blade length   13.25" (335mm)     overall length   19.5" (495mm)