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Keris, Brojol Segaluh Blade (pre 13th Century West Java) with 19th century Madura scabbard and ivory hilt


We believe that this particular keris is a 10th century Segaluh keris because of the characteristic protruding gandik and the greenish hue of the metal. Segaluh and Pajajaran keris are amongst the oldest keris styles in the world. This keris has a beautiful slender form, with a straight blade and a pronounced pejetan without any other ricikan making it the style of dapur brojol believed to be the style of keris used by Krishna in thezaman kadewatan or times of the Gods.

Keris dapur brojol is believed to be beneficial for people who must solve political problems and also to aid midwives assisting births. The word brojol means to plop out like a baby. The blade shows signs of wear through centuries of use and ritual bathing but it has worn uniformly and kept the beauty and proportions of the original. This means that it was made by a highly skilled Mpu. This kind of blade is believed to possess very strong esoteric power and because of its age and its simplicity it is often used by collectors to neutralize any negative powers from a keris collection, and as such is called a keris tindih.


The scabbard shows Dutch influence, and is in an East Javanese gayaman style, indicating the bearer of the keris is on duty or at war. This particular style is gayaman pelokan used by someone wearing robes, a man of Allah, and this keris would be worn tucked under the belt in front of the chest, not at t he back like other keris. The intricate ivory hilt and the silver mendak are slightly damaged but special.

The style of this gayaman has been out of fashion since at least the great depression in the 1920's and we would guess that this scabbard was made in preparation for the war that devastated Java in 1825-1830.


We believe 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. As the guardian of this special object of power Indostan would accept a dowry of 2000 pounds as a dowry for this keris.

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