Another very good and rare example of a long keris form the Malaysian state of Kedah. Well carved handle in the squatting figurine form called the jawa demam is made from buffalo horn with a well repoussed silver ferrule or pendoko. Top sheath made from well selected kemuning woods with the bottom stem made of angsana woods having a slim bottom tip in the form called the patat lipas or roaches back.
Very long, slim and sturdy blade with prominent spine and very well executed base features or perabots typical of the keris panjang forms.
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 As the blade is withdrawn, a cotton pad is placed into the opening caused by the thrust.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 arranged are of the mlumah technique and are of the wos utah or scattered rice variations.
Category: Keris Tags: buffalo horn, executioner, keris, keris panjang, silver
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