Another very good and rare example of a long keris form the southern Sumatran region of Riau Lingga. Finely and deeply carved handle in the horse hoof or tapak kuda form is made from buffalo horn with the top sheath made from well selected kemuning woods. The bottom stem is made of angsana woods having a horn bottom tip. A well repoussed silver ferrule or pendoko completes fittings.
Very long, slim and 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 As the blade is withdrawn, a cotton pad is placed into the opening caused by the thrust.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 arranged are of the mlumah technique and are of the wos utah or scattered rice variations.
Category: Keris Tags: buffalo horn, horse hoof, keris, keris panjang, riau lingga, tapak kuda
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