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Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 31st October 2017, 07:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 688
Posted By kai
True, David, if the current one proved to be not...

True, David, if the current one proved to be not that old it wouldn't hurt to exchange it with a nicely fitting newer one... ;)

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 31st October 2017, 06:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 497
Posted By kai
Angry Hello Alan, Seems this officer did not serve in...

Hello Alan,


Seems this officer did not serve in the Indies nor Moroland... :rolleyes:



Quite certainly - that's a really nice keris Bali with genuinely pierced blade next to the gonjo that got...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 31st October 2017, 06:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 497
Posted By kai
Hello Jean, I believe we had a similar keris...

Hello Jean,

I believe we had a similar keris posted here some time back...

(Quite a different animal and with unintentionally worn through blade, of course.)

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 31st October 2017, 02:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 688
Posted By kai
Thumbs up Hello Alan, Thanks Alan, for emphasising the...

Hello Alan,


Thanks Alan, for emphasising the museum approach!

I agree that keris which have a high chance to represent honest examples of what traditional owners carried in the 19th century or...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 31st October 2017, 01:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 688
Posted By kai
Lightbulb Hello David, Antique quality pendokok from...

Hello David,


Antique quality pendokok from silver are tough to find! It may be a better strategy to opt for a brass/bronze pendokok of generic Bugis style - should be much easier to find in the...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 31st October 2017, 01:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 688
Posted By kai
Post Hello Fernando, The opening seems too wide (and...

Hello Fernando,


The opening seems too wide (and there also is an unusual "step" between the 2 parts of the pendok) - still, this might either point towards recycling of materials (which always was...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 30th October 2017, 01:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 688
Posted By kai
Post Hello Fernando, Any more concrete evidence on...

Hello Fernando,


Any more concrete evidence on its provenance in the US?
It's always tough to evaluate bits of info given by (many) dealers...



This Bangkinang blade does look Sumatran, indeed. It...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th October 2017, 07:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,600
Posted By kai
Post Hello Ben & Ariel, This eagle-like hilt is...

Hello Ben & Ariel,

This eagle-like hilt is not Batak and probably not a very old style (late 19th century?); I'd agree that it's very likely ethnic Malay in origin.

Whether any given example...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd October 2017, 08:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 473
Posted By kai
Hello Detlef, I agree that the odds are slim,...

Hello Detlef,


I agree that the odds are slim, especially considering the discoloration at the hanger block.

If the metal appears to be malleable, it may be worth to have it tested...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd October 2017, 07:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 473
Posted By kai
Thumbs up As usual, Detlef and Alan beat me to it......

As usual, Detlef and Alan beat me to it... ;)

Selamat is an interesting thought!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd October 2017, 07:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 473
Posted By kai
Post Hello Thomas, This is a genuine Sunda sword...

Hello Thomas,

This is a genuine Sunda sword (western Java); the fullers seem to have been made with modern tools. Early, "modern" pieces from imported European steel are known from the late 19th...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd October 2017, 05:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,070
Posted By kai
Question Are you sure, Tim? I can't remember bright...

Are you sure, Tim?

I can't remember bright pamor-like pattern-welding from that neck of the woods - not my area of expertise though...

Noting that the simple spear head types tend to be very...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2017, 06:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,042
Posted By kai
Thumbs up Very nice piece, Alan!

I'm with Bob - looks art nouveau / art deco to me, too.

I can see why the blade might resemble Indian (less so for Indonesian) work. I'd vote for European workmanship though.

Possibly a masonic...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 1st October 2017, 04:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 415
Posted By kai
Question Hello Alan, Stopper/lid of a palm wine jar?...

Hello Alan,

Stopper/lid of a palm wine jar? Seems a tad slim though...

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 23rd September 2017, 11:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 795
Posted By kai
Hello David, Wasn't going to open that can of...

Hello David,


Wasn't going to open that can of worms... ;)

I agree that the selut/pendokok - considering that it is usually easy to change - lends the weakest support for placing an ensemble. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd September 2017, 10:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 828
Posted By kai
Question Hello Ariel, While I usually agree with your...

Hello Ariel,


While I usually agree with your astute observations, I beg to differ on this one: I don't see any similarities short of European influences (handguard, spiral grip binding).

Different...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd September 2017, 08:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 668
Posted By kai
Post Hello Leif, The wood quality may also be an...

Hello Leif,


The wood quality may also be an indicator: While there may have been some examples of lesser, "village" quality, all complete, genuine old-timers seem to come with scabbards made from...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 22nd September 2017, 04:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 795
Posted By kai
Post This may not be the best nor oldest Minang piece...

This may not be the best nor oldest Minang piece I've seen. The blade certainly has its merits though: I do like the fuller work! Blade quality is certainly above average by Minang standards.

I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th September 2017, 08:31 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 4,785
Posted By kai
Exclamation Wow, there seems to be a huge amount of emotional...

Wow, there seems to be a huge amount of emotional attachment here!


We're all standing on the shoulders of giants. (Well, rather lots of shoulders from along the normal distribution with only a...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 5th September 2017, 01:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,307
Posted By kai
Post Thanks, Gustav! Yes - it is just way more...

Thanks, Gustav!


Yes - it is just way more difficult to establish whether any gonjo wulung has been added/changed later or really is original though. It may not be a major issue for a given keris;...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 4th September 2017, 07:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,307
Posted By kai
Lightbulb Dear Jean, Thanks a lot! I have to admit that...

Dear Jean,

Thanks a lot!

I have to admit that the gonjo wulung came as a surprise! It does look well made - there seems to be some variation with the ron dha that can't fully be explained by...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 4th September 2017, 09:02 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,307
Posted By kai
Thumbs up Dear Jean, Say, has it been possible to smooth...

Dear Jean,


Say, has it been possible to smooth out the tip a bit?



Musea are really obsessed with preservation. You'll have a really tough time to even have them considering any treatments that...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 4th September 2017, 08:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,307
Posted By kai
Smile Hello Marius, You're in good company - many...

Hello Marius,


You're in good company - many knowledgeable Jawanese did (and some may still do) place well-preserved keris from old European musea as tangguh Bali!

However, these keris are shown by...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 2nd September 2017, 08:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 373
Posted By kai
Lightbulb Here's the classic source courtesy of Arjan's...

Here's the classic source courtesy of Arjan's site: Hose & Shelford (https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/a4c672_e77688994ff44bb3b533a7a676ee2f1d.pdf)

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th August 2017, 07:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 552
Posted By kai
David, could you push the thread over to the main...

David, could you push the thread over to the main forum, please? ;)
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