Keris 17    A Javanese keris with a 13 luk blade and bearing pamor Buntel Mayat. The pamor has been
handled to perfection and the garap is of a high standard. There are two opposing views about the
talismanic qualities of this pamor. The general community of collectors spell the name as "Buntel
Mayit", buntel = wrapping, mayit = corpse, so we have the name as "corpse wrapping" and
understandably this is then regarded as a very select pamor that not everybody is capable of handling. So
that is the popular opinion. However, Empu Suparman Supowijoyo and other highly knowledgeable
keris authorities in Solo during the 1980's held the opinion that the correct name of the pamor is as I
have given it:- "Buntel Mayat", buntel = wrapping, mayat = rising at an angle. These Surakarta
authorities held that Buntel Mayat pamor was a very powerful positive pamor that "wrapped" its
custodian in gradual upwards advancement. Perhaps the actual talismanic value is in the custodian's
belief and attitude.

The Surakarta ladrangan sunggingan wrongko is adorned with a motif of blossoms and vines on a blue
base and a red pendok blewah is fitted. In the dress code of the Karaton Surakarta the base colour of sea
blue on the wrongko indicates the rank of a penewu, the leader of 1000 men, the red pendok indicates a
member of the royal family, so this keris has been prepared for wear by a penewu who is member of the
royal family.

The Surakarta yudowinatan jejeran is decorated en suite with the wrongko and a red and gilt kemalo
mendak is fitted.

Blade length   14.25" (362mm)     overall length   20.25" (514mm)                                        
Keris 17
Keris for Sale
Tosanaji Keris List  77