Join Date: May 2006
Jean, can you explain why you favour East Jawa for the scabbard?
Athanase tells us he put it together from two unrelated pieces, so both of these must be from East Jawa?
Personally I would have a lot of difficulty in placing a scabbard like this into any particular area. Javanese, certainly, but where in Jawa? Well somewhere that is not under the direct influence of a kraton. Who might have used such a scabbard? I think I'd probably be placing the original owner towards the lower end of the socioeconomic scale.
East Jawa does have some distinctive styles, but I would hesitate to include this scabbard amongst those styles.