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Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 26th September 2019, 06:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,623
Posted By Bjorn
Thanks for sharing, Pak Ganjawulung. Interesting...

Thanks for sharing, Pak Ganjawulung. Interesting to read and great to see those photos.
I love the contrast between the gonjo and the pamor on the sorsoran, especially on the A-side.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 18th July 2019, 05:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,289
Posted By Bjorn
It seems the question of the mudra was never...

It seems the question of the mudra was never resolved.
From the photos - and perhaps on item-in-hand as well - it's difficult to see the exact positioning of the fingers.
As fas as I can tell, the...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 12th July 2019, 09:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,877
Posted By Bjorn
A lovely keris, and an exquisite jejeran!...

A lovely keris, and an exquisite jejeran! Congratulations!
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 11th July 2019, 06:51 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,650
Posted By Bjorn
I'm avoiding looking at any of the replies so...

I'm avoiding looking at any of the replies so that I won't be biased (by anything other than my current knowledge and views) in giving my answer.

For me the bilah starts at the ganja.
Seeing the...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 30th April 2019, 06:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,166
Posted By Bjorn
Couldn't agree more. It's representative of an...

Couldn't agree more. It's representative of an idea and a concept. It's not the actual thing, so there's no need for it to be 100% accurate. People look at it and they can recognize what it...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 18th April 2019, 07:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,437
Posted By Bjorn
Beautiful, rustic piece. Love the contrast...

Beautiful, rustic piece. Love the contrast between the wrongko and hulu.
Wonderful selut too. I wouldn't be surprised if the wilah itself is less impressive. I rarely see keris attributed to Ceribon...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 2nd January 2019, 10:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,236
Posted By Bjorn
Happy New Year! Selamat Tahun Baru!

Happy New Year!
Selamat Tahun Baru!
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 2nd January 2019, 10:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,263
Posted By Bjorn
I completely agree with this statement. In fact,...

I completely agree with this statement. In fact, I'd say this even applies to most areas of life.

For me, the blumbangan represents soma, the female element, while the sogokan represents agni, the...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 11th November 2018, 05:08 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,893
Posted By Bjorn
The basic shape of the wrongko also strikes me as...

The basic shape of the wrongko also strikes me as north coast.
If the other components are original to the ensemble, then the jejer decorated with megamundung would seem to point in the same...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 3rd August 2018, 07:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,137
Posted By Bjorn
Might it not be a possibility that the hilt was...

Might it not be a possibility that the hilt was carved in the very west of Sunda or in the very south of Sumatra?
There should be some overlap between those two areas considering the proximity....
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 29th July 2018, 12:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,763
Posted By Bjorn
It might be useful to post photos of sunggingan...

It might be useful to post photos of sunggingan pieces with a proven provenance. That way everyone can observe the use of colours - and motifs - on actual keraton pieces.

Now the question, of...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 24th July 2018, 07:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,091
Posted By Bjorn
As Alan has said, Sunda keris would be Pajajaran...

As Alan has said, Sunda keris would be Pajajaran and Banten. Of these two, I'd say that the Pajajaran keris are more unique, as the Banten ones show similarities to keris from Bali and Blambangan. A...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 24th July 2018, 11:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,763
Posted By Bjorn
Thank you for taking the time to write that down,...

Thank you for taking the time to write that down, Alan. It's nice to have a better idea of what these words actually refer to.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 23rd July 2018, 02:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,763
Posted By Bjorn
Hierarchical ranks in the Surakarta keraton

In earlier threads, Alan has shared the colour coding of Surakarta wrongko sunggingan and pendok as they pertain to the keraton of Surakarta. I have copy-pasted the relevant section from another...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 18th July 2018, 06:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,875
Posted By Bjorn
I actually only just realized I have a blade that...

I actually only just realized I have a blade that may well have a type of Tuban gonjo, and I deliberately wrote "a type of" as there seem to be numerous sub-classifications, and I don't believe I'm...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 18th July 2018, 06:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,523
Posted By Bjorn
Thanks, Alan. That is useful information,...

Thanks, Alan. That is useful information, especially for one who is not all that familiar with the economic benefits and costs associated with such alterations.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 17th July 2018, 07:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,875
Posted By Bjorn
Hello all, Would the below be considered to be...

Hello all,

Would the below be considered to be a type of Tuban gonjo?
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 17th July 2018, 07:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,523
Posted By Bjorn
Alan, Detlef, thank you both for your replies....

Alan, Detlef, thank you both for your replies.

Regarding alterations made to a wilah, I'm of the opinion that intent is the crucial factor here - even though there are times when the true intention...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 16th July 2018, 07:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,523
Posted By Bjorn
Thank you for the response, Kai, and my apologies...

Thank you for the response, Kai, and my apologies regarding my tardy response.

I've attempted to take some better photos, hopefully these will be able to shed some light on the matter.

Like you...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 5th July 2018, 07:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,875
Posted By Bjorn
Alan, I very much doubt that any of the Dutch...

Alan, I very much doubt that any of the Dutch sovereigns who were gifted a keris had any real understanding of either the keris or Javanese culture.

Jean and Marco, the above seems to apply to the...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 5th July 2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,394
Posted By Bjorn
Thank you for the detailed response, Alan. As...

Thank you for the detailed response, Alan.

As for endless fun, personally I would quite enjoy it, but I admit mileage may vary according to personal tastes and linguistic aptitude.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 5th July 2018, 07:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,818
Posted By Bjorn
A nice clean-up job. It's difficult to say how...

A nice clean-up job.

It's difficult to say how old a blade is exactly. Old blades can look new, and new blades can look old. A lot of it depends on maintenance and climate.

Some other members may...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 4th July 2018, 10:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,394
Posted By Bjorn
Keris Terminology

Hello everyone,

As we all know, the keris has it's origin in Java. As such, Javanese is the language used to describe its various aspects.
I am not fluent in Basa Jawa, and I expect this is true...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 4th July 2018, 09:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,523
Posted By Bjorn
Kikik added to an older blade?

Hello all,

I have a small keris with a kikik, which I recently cleaned. After cleaning, I noticed a line going across the sorsoran, starting at the neck of the kikik and then cutting across the...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 4th July 2018, 09:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,875
Posted By Bjorn
On the topic of ivory dress, I happened to come...

On the topic of ivory dress, I happened to come across the below ensemble in a book I was browsing through.
According to the caption it was a gift from Hamengkubuwono VIII to Queen Wilhelmina in...
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