Keris 20   A Javanese keris with a 9 luk wilah, pamor wos wutah and with a batu lapak
pamor in the sorsoran.  The talismanic value of pamor batu lapak,  is a very positive, the
general belief is that the custodian can have many beautiful women and a harmonious
household --- something that I tend to feel might be somewhat of a contradiction. This
wilah is classifiable as Bugis. It is not unusual to find a Bugis keris in Javanese dress,
because Bugis men were employed by courts throughout Java as mercenaries, often they
would remain in Java and their descendants now form a part of Javanese society. Thus, a
Bugis keris in a Jogjakarta or Surakarta, or other Javanese wrongko usually is understood
as an indication that the previous owner was a descendent of one of the Bugis mercenaries
who was employed by a court or a noble house in times past.

The wrongko is Jogjakarta gayaman from kayu pelet bearing the selempang motif, it is
fitted with a deeply  embossed pendok with the semen merak motif.

The Jogjakarta putri kinurung deder (jejeran) is well carved with nicely balanced cecekan
and is fitted with an old kendit mendak set with yakut (rose cut rock crystal) and mirah.
The putri kinurung form of hilt has the talismanic value of happiness and prosperity.

An old keris that bears evidence of the cross cultural shift of keris throughout Maritime
South East Asia. This keris was acquired in Jogjakarta during the 1980's.

Blade length  13.75" (348mm.)     overall length   19.5" (495mm)