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Keris Jalak Putut with straight blade and pamor dwi warna of wos wutah and adeg mrambut tangguh Pajang 1551-1582, in Yogyakarta branggah scabbard and old hardwood hilt

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This keris is an unusual keris in that it has two types of pamor patterns on one side of the blade and also the gandhik of this keris has been sculpted into the shape of a praying figure, hence the name of this shape of keris is Jalak Putut and represents the maker's prayers that the bearer of this blade be granted steadfastness and happiness and faith and protection. The two types of pamor are the wos wutah scattered rice pattern associated with prosperity and the fine pamor adeg mrambut associated with protection from fire natural disaster and other people's ill will.

The type of meteorite used in this keris namely the parts that appear to be sparkly crystals are associated with the meteorite used during the Sultanate of Pajang which only ever had one king 1551-1582. During the kingdom of Pajang there was a famous Empu named Mpu Umyang who would sign his keris' by sculpting a figure of a young priest of putut on to the gandhik of the keris he made. The sculpted gandhik and the almost straight ganja wuwung are consistent with descriptions of the work of Mpu Umyang. The blade of this keris is very thin and when obtained by Indostan it was covered with dried organic matter probably put on by a previous owner using the cacam treatment.

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Beginning in the Great Depression in the 1920's-1930's and even more so during the times of the Second World war and the upheavals that followed it arsenic was expensive and people began to cacam their keris blades. To cacam one's keris one must hunt as many nasty venomous animals as one can find. When one has a bucket full of venomous snakes, frogs, centipedes, scorpions, and whatever leave it to all rot with your keris blade in there. When all has rotted and become a slime a film of the slime is allowed to dry and stick on the blade and the cacam process was done. This makes the rust go unnoticed over years but fortunately even though people do still cacam daggers for fighting and other nasty weapons it is not common in Java to cacam keris blades anymore.

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As a testimony to the skill of the maker of this keris Indostan must state that this blade had hardly any rust on it even though it had had several nasty cacam treatments. With the right care this keris will survive for many more centuries and even millennia. Works by Mpu Umyang are highly sought after because they are believed to have extra special powers of protecting the bearer's property from theft. It is widely believed that an Mpu Umyang keris has the power to nag at the conscience of any thief and can continue nagging and haunting the thief's dreams until the stolen goods are given back or the owner forgives the thief. Ultimately the thief goes crazy or becomes accident prone. Indostan is offering this very special keris in its original single piece of wood scabbard for a modest dowry of nine hundred pounds.

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