Keris 16 This is a Keris Buda, the oldest type of keris of which we know. This keris type seems to have
still been in use during the Mojopahit era, but had probably disappeared from general use after about 1500.
The name "Buda" does not mean that it was a keris used by Buddhists, as some people have thought.
Javanese people refer to the pre-Islamic era of Java as the "Buda Era", so when this keris type is termed
"Keris Buda" what that means is that it is a keris from before the Islamic era.
This type of keris usually comes to light during excavations, or the opening of new rice fields, sometimes
they are found as a part of a hoard, sometimes as single objects. The scabbards and hilts are nearly always
This keris type first appears in Javanese monumental work in the bas-reliefs of Candi Loro Jonggrang
(AKA:- Prambanan) in Central Java near Jogjakarta. In the Early Classical Period of Java, pre 1000CE, this
area of Java was the center of power and population. Further representations of the type appear in
bas-reliefs at Candi Penataran near Blitar in East Java, and at Candi Sukuh on the slopes of Mount Lawu,
not far from Solo in Central Java.
This is a very scarce type of keris and is usually very expensive, this one is from my private collection, I have
had it since the 1970's and I am offering it now in an attempt to generate a little bit of interest in keris
development, a field of study to which I am committed and that presently receives very little attention.
There is a belief amongst Javanese collectors that every assemblage or collection of keris should contain a
keris Buda, as the presence of this keris assists in prevention of unwanted influences which may be
generated by younger keris.
Blade length 8.5" (215mm) overall length 12.5" (317mm) $350