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Keris Tilam Sari Pangawak Waja: Blade from Madiun 16-18th century, scabbard from 19th century Surakarta.


The dapur of this keris is straight with a simple pronounced pejetan with a deep and sharp bend of the tikel alis. It also has the remains of a tingil giving the name of the dapur as Tilam Sari. The Tilam Sari blade is believed to be beneficial to family men because its esoteric powers are to bring peace and happiness in the family.

The pamor of this keris is laid in adeg mrambut style and the type of pamor appears to be pangawak waja made from meteorite with high iron content. It is supposed to be unsuitable for people who have not yet had children but it has the power to bring family happiness to married couples who already have children.


The ganja has the straight base of ganja wuwung which was the most common style until the fashion of the Mataram Empire in the 17th century made most ganja in the sebit ron tal or kelap lintah curved bases. However the gandhik is short and leans inwards which is not a characteristic of the older keris. This leads us to believe the blade of this keris was made in the East Java kingdom of Madiun around the late 16th-18th century.

The scabbard of this keris is in the 19th -20th century Surakarta gayaman ladrang style in kemuning wood and brass and appears to be made specially for this blade. This style is used when the bearer is on royal duty or at war. The wood handle is slightly cracked and the metal hilt is worn down by centuries of ritual cleansing and use.


We know that this keris is a genuine pusaka that has been handed down through generations. Thierry Durieux collected it from an old professional keris cleaner in Yogyakarta in the 1980's. It was a long uncollected item probably forgotten by the family that owned it as it had been in the possession of the keris cleaner for over a decade. Indostan would accept a very understanding dowry of 400 for the hand in marriage of this blade as long as it is to be loved as a pusaka.

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