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Old Madura Keris Kriss Kris Dagger. Centipede. Madura. Indonesia.

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Directly from Madura, this Keris was passed on through 2 generations. Madura is an Indonesian island off the northeast coast of Java and is inhabited by 3.65 million Madurese.

 

Keris have been produced for centuries. It is divided into three parts: blade (wilah), hilt (hulu), and sheath (warangka). Each part of the Keris is an object of art, often carved and forged in meticulous detail and made from various materials.

 

The Keris is both a weapon and spiritual object . . possessing magical powers and – via folktales – supernatural and extraordinary abilities.

 

An elaborate “centipede bladed” Keris such as this one is part of the pustaka (or heirlooms) of the aristocracy to be passed from generation to generation. They are considered to have magic and to imbue magic and power to their owners.

 

The warangka is made of dark brown wood in the gayaman Madura style. The warangka is made of dark brown wood. The wilah blade – hand forged with multiple metals – has the centipede / gayaman Madura style. Such a centipede style – according to renowned anthropologist Dr. Lars Krutak – is symbolic of ancestral spirits.

 

In excellent condition and for ONLY the Serious Collector.

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