Keris 16   A Javanese keris with a straight blade and bearing pamor Buntel
Mayat, it is well executed from high contrast material, and the garap is of a high

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 gayaman wrongko is carved to pakem from kayu galih asem, a
densely grained, dark wood with a striated grain, a pendok deeply embossed with
the modang motif is fitted.

The Surakarta Yudowinatan jejeran (hilt) has been superbly sculpted from
Makassar Ebony and is fitted with a gilt parijoto mendak.

Blade length   14.25" (362mm)     overall length   20" (507mm)