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Keris Panjang Minang Kabau Tandok Perak 209.

Keris Panjang Minang Kabau Tandok Perak 209 A fine and rare example of a long keris called the keris panjang or penyalang. Buffalo horn handle in the form of the horse's hoof or tapak kuda, is finely carved with pierced through works and having 5 steps at the top lotus flower or teratai arrangements. The top sheath or sampir in Malay, is in the typical Minang Kabau styles and is also made of horn.  Bottom stem is made of dark hard woods, with finely repoussed silver top and bottom panels and plain silver bands. A finely filigree brass ferrule or pendoko completes fittings.

Long, slim and very sturdy blade has all the typical features of a keris panjang with the fretworks or grenengs and a plain gandik, with an unusual shallow fuller in the middle of the blade.

The long and slim nature of the blade makes its use as an executioner's keris is very appropriate. The condemned was seated; his arm held by guards, the executioner holding the kris vertically and points it on the victim's left shoulder, near the neck just behind the collar-bone. When the signal was given, the blade is driven downwards through the heart. As the blade is withdrawn, a cotton pad is placed into the opening caused by the thrust. This method of execution is theoretically bloodless.

Pamor patterns are not contrasting but shows forging of the mlumah technique, showing circular formations along the middle of the blade called pamor bendo sagado. It's used more as an execution rather than a practical weapon, makes the keris panjang a status wear, or for a person who can commission an execution.

Condition: Very good condition.

Age:  Krises are traditionally made without any date stampings or engravings of the makers' name. Although a kris smith or "empu" has his own styles configured together with the dapor and especially the ganjar (cross piece). Obvious age wear and tear, usage, familiarity with forms, motifs and designs, origin and history, mediums and materials used are our guidelines in determining an approximate age. This particular piece, from our experience and knowledge, should go back to the early 19th century.

Length of blade: 23".   Overall length: 27.7".

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