A very good and rare example of a keris from the northern Malaysian peninsular regions of Kedah. Handle in the regional variant of the tapak kuda or horse hoof form, is made from hard buffalo horn, and fitted with a silver alloy ferrule or pendoko. Top sheath in the rare buah bacang form, as appose to the more common sabit bulan or crescent moon form, is made from very well selected kemuning wood, with the less common front split bottom stem made of angsena wood having a horn bottom tip in the patat lipas or roaches’ back form.
Thick, and very sturdy blade with swollen base and rather slim, has an overall shape or dapor called anak alang. Slim with minute and very well executed base features or perabots, it has strong similarities with its longer “cousin’ the keris panjang or executioner’s keris, and its shortest “cousin”, the keris bahari.
Pamor patterns are arranged in the miring and are of the adeg or standing variations which is mystically believed to be able to protect the owner from natural mishaps.
Category: Keris Tags: horse hoof form, kedah, keris, tapak kuda
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