Keris 10 A Javanese keris with a 7 luk blade and bearing pamor wos wutah that has been well
executed in high contrast material, the garap is of a high standard. This is a singo barong blade,
iconographically the singo barong, which is a Javanese representation of a lion, is understood in
Bali as being associated with the k'satriya caste, but in both Java and Bali, lions did not exist, so
the model for the lion was the Chinese temple guardian, the "Shi", the k'satriya caste is the
warrior caste in Bali, just as it was in pre-Islamic Jawa, and the function of warriors is to protect
the community, so by both understandings of the singo barong, the function of the singo barong
is clear:- it is a protective device. Interestingly, the Chinese Shi originated in Persia, not in China
itself. Symbolism travels.
The wrongko is the fluted style associated with Cirebon, it has been gracefully carved from an
unknown honey coloured wood with striation and chatoyancy. A pendok deeply embossed with a
motif of blossoms amidst foliage is fitted.
The North Coast Janggelan hilt has been painstakingly sculpted from kayu arang (black ebony),
and a gilt kendit mendak set with yakut (rose cut rock crystal) is fitted.
Blade length 15.1" (383mm.) overall length 19.75" (502mm) $385