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Keris, 11 bends, Sabuk Inten 18th Century Yogyakarta blade and 19th century scabbard in Trembalo wood

This keris, is in excellent condition, and has a generous amount of pamor in the style of beras wutah believed to bring prosperity to the owner. It has 11 slight kemba bends, a worn sekar-kacang and two wornlambe gajah with a worn ri pandan. It also has two sogokan and an ada-ada making it dapur Sabuk Intenmeaning a belt of diamonds shape.

The Sabuk Inten style according to legend was first made by the Majapahit Mpu Jaka Supa by commission from the Islamic Holy man, Sunan Kalijaga, around the end of the 15th century. The 11 bends symbolise the prayers of the Mpu asking God that the bearer of the keris achieve his high ambitions and aspirations.

This keris appears to have been made using pamor from meteorite found near Prambanan Central Java in the mid18th century, giving it's making date as 18th-19th century. The make of the keris is tangguh Yogyakarta, meaning that it was made under the reign of the palace of Yogyakarta. The date means that this keris might also have European metals in it. The part of the pamor that shines brighter than the rest of the pamor is called pamor akhodiyat and is believed to bring extra powers to the keris because its appearance cannot be planned. Both style and pamor are supposed to bring wealth and status and are suitable for anyone with high aspirations.

The sheath and hilt is of the prized trembalo wood, polished with godong amplas leaf. It never needs any polish or wax just buff with a soft cloth and the wood will shine like polished agate. The sheath is a Yogyakarta gayaman style, used when the bearer is on duty or at war which was probably made in the late 19th century.

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.

Keris of the shape sabuk inten (belt of diamonds) are traditionally given incense every Kliwon Sunday (combination of 5 day Java calendar and 7 day Julian calendar). The first Kliwon Sunday will be 26/2/05 and every five weeks after that is an other Kliwon Sunday. The keris should be inspected and cleaned every year in the Java new year (which is this month). To clean take blade out of scabbard and hilt and soak in mild detergent and wash off all oil and pat dry with a cloth or paper towel let stand a while before brushing on gun-oil (as a base) mixed with a royal essential oil (usually sandalwood). This particular keris has found a new owner and is no longer available.

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