Thread: Banten? Keris
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Old 6th January 2018, 09:23 AM   #29
A. G. Maisey
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Jean, I have no doubt at all that Dresden 2886 was collected in Banten, but where it was collected, when it was collected, is really of no interest to me at all.

If it had been collected in New York City in 2017, my comments would be exactly the same.

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that sounds brusque. sorry.

What I mean is that if I am attempting to give a tangguh on a keris, I do not consider where it has come from, or how long ago it was collected, or even what sort of dress it is in. If I did any of those things it would defeat the purpose.

The opinion of classification should depend on the observed factors, not the information from outside factors:- take just the blade, look at it, feel it, if necessary keep it around you for a few days, but ignore what people or circumstances want to tell you.
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