Originally Posted by DAHenkel
Also, while we're at it, here are a few Riau keris as well.
Confused yet? Me too - but that's what's fun about these things. And I'm only including archetypal pieces here - If I sprang some of the wierder stuff on you you'd be even more confused.
Whoa, i'm a bit dizzy right now. It seems that there are no general rule of determining origin of Sumatran kerisses. Some bugis looks Malay, Minang etc. Heres some basic conclusion (on the dress) i can made:
1. The penghulu sampir originated in South Sumatra and the laquer is Palembang work
2. Sulawesi kerisses has a bit smaller sampir compared to penghulu ones and the batang is tapering with a flaring buntut.
3. East Sumatran kerisses are closer to their Sulawesi cousins, but have some other influence such as Minang etc. However flaring buntut is not a must.
4. Pendongkoks be it Long "necked" or the shorter "dulang" type can be either Sumatran or Sulawesi.
5. Riau kerises are generally of composite influences, many dont have flaring buntut.
If there is anything incorrect regarding the conclusions, can somebody correct me? Can i say that Sulawesi keris MUST have tapering batang?
Phew... and this is only regarding the dress, the blade is another thick chapter. hee..hee..
RSword, love your example, especially the one with the gold oversheath. The blade looks very close to Dave's giant bugis keris which is presumed originated in Sumbawa.