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Rare all-iron keris sajen, Sumatra island, 19th C. or earlier

Rare all-iron keris sajen, Sumatra island, 19th C. or earlier


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Edged Weapons: Pre 1900: Item # 1280393

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A rare small keris wrought from a single piece of iron. This type of keris is known as "keris sajen" or "keris Majapahit" although that last name doesn't mean a connection to the early Javanese kingdom. Keris sajen are usually small and with it's 24cm this one is no exception. They have to be regarded as protective amulets, not as weapons. The hilt -in the shape of a squatting ancestor- emphasizes the supernatural aspect of this type of keris. This tiny keris allegdly stems from Sumatra island. It has very good age and labeling it as 19th. C. is very conservative; there's wear and the iron feels very smooth. The iron is laminated but there's no clear pamor. A fine example in good overall condition. There's a small damaged area of 1cm along the edge where the laminated iron is separating, resulting in a tiny loss of material. It is hardly visible and I don't regard it as disturbing.