Keris 4   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 rotted away.

The first known depiction of this keris style appears in Javanese monumental
work in the bas-reliefs of Candi Loro Jonggrang (AKA:- Candi 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, it is from my private collection and was
acquired in Solo, Central Java during the 1980's. It has been published as
Images 8A & 8B in my article:-

In the published work only the blade is shown, the keris as offered has an old
North Coast Pulungan hilt with a silver ferrule, and a Sandang Walikat wrongko
of red, highly chatoyant wood.

I am offering it for sale now for two reasons, firstly because my age dictates
that I must reduce the size of my collection, and secondly because I hope that I
can pass this keris, amongst others, to truly interested collectors. Currently very
few people have a genuine old keris Buda in their collections.

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   13"(330mm)