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Keris blade from 15th century Blambangan 18th century trembalo wood sheath and handle


We believe that straight ganja and the tall gandhik of this keris are characteristic of keris made before the end of Majapahit. It seems that after Mpu Supa was made a Prince and given the title Mpu Pangeran Sedayu he initiated the design of the curved ganja sebit rontal which became hugely popular during the 17th century and after. According to the keris cleaner who sold this keris to Thierry Durieux this keris was made by Mpu Pitrang.

Mpu Pitrang was the name of Mpu Supa when he was sent by the king of Majapahit to find a palace keris that had been stolen. Following his heart Mpu Supa walked to the Eastern Kingdom of Blambangan and set up his besalen as Mpu Pitrang. The descriptions of this keris are consistent with the information of the works of Mpu Pitrang in the Ensiklopedi Keris by Bambang Harsrinuksmo. This would make this keris a product of the early 15th century and one of the early works of Java's best keris maker.


The blade is in five waves and with a worn greneng it is in the style of Pulanggeni meaning to return fire, and the sharp pamor adeg mrambut has some parts of the shiny and sought after pamor akhodiyat. This shape of keris and this pamor is believed to have the power of protecting the property of the owner from disasters, while the five luk in the blade symbolise the makers prayer asking God to give the bearer of this keris eloquence in language. This type of pamor also protects against black magic, and is believed to be good for soldiers and civil servants but not for business people.


Those concerned with the esoteric powers of this keris or the tanjeg would also note the fact that part of the blade has worn down in such a way that a section of pamor has visibly begun to pass beyond the sharp edge of the steel. This is believed to give the keris bad energy unless the owner possesses also an older keris to keep it under control, called a keris tindih.

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. Indostan would accept the modest dowry of seven hundred and fifty pounds for the hand in marriage of this keris.


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