Another very good and rare example of a long keris form the Sumatran region of Minang Kabau. Well carved handle in the jawa demam form is made from well grained pelet woods, with the top sheath made from kemuning woods. The bottom stem is fully encased with well reposse silver having diffrent motifs at the front and back. A well repoussed silver ferrule or pendoko completes fittings.
Long, slim and very sturdy blade with prominent spine and fullers flanking, has 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 As the blade is withdrawn, a cotton pad is placed into the opening caused by the thrust.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 non-contrasting which is the norm from the region to use more of iron and steel without any nickels.
Category: Keris Tags: executioner, panjang, penyalang, silver
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