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Old 19th June 2011, 12:49 PM   #1
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Default Peninsular or Sumatra?

Here is a keris were the seller and I don't agree on the possible origin.
I would appreciate your comments and ideas on this one too.

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Old 19th June 2011, 01:07 PM   #2
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Hello Michael,

beautiful keris although I don't think that the blade is original to the sheath IMHO. But in my humble opinion all look very Peninsula to my eyes, special hilt, pendokok and sheath. By the blade I am unsure.

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Old 19th June 2011, 02:35 PM   #3
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Hi Michael,

Imho, the hilt, hilt cup and sheath are Peninsular made, probably Kelantan. The blade, I'm not sure. During my last visit to Kelantan, months ago, I've seen newer blades in this form. The hilt, emulating Palembang style but probably made in Malaysia. Seen quite a few, in private collections made by local craftsmen, old and new..

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Old 19th June 2011, 02:47 PM   #4
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It's a N Malay interpretation of a Sumatran keris. Nice catch, Michael.
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Old 19th June 2011, 04:16 PM   #5
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Thanks all so far,

Then I was wrong because I thought the hilt was a poorly made (in) Palembang.
The blade seems a bit tricky?

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Old 19th June 2011, 05:23 PM   #6
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Then I was wrong because I thought the hilt was a poorly made (in) Palembang.

Michael, even out of focus i am having a hard time accepting your hilt as "poorly made"...
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Old 19th June 2011, 06:02 PM   #7
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Michael, even out of focus i am having a hard time accepting your hilt as "poorly made"...



Agree with David! When you don't like the hilt send it to me Michael!!

I think it's hippo ivory, can you confirm this?

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Old 19th June 2011, 08:23 PM   #8
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I thought the hilt was a poorly made (in) Palembang.



I am with David and Detlef.
Of course there are Palembang hilts that are carved much finer. But This hilt is very nice and it fits the ensemble quite well.

Love the pendokok.

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Willem

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Old 19th June 2011, 11:00 PM   #9
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Kelantan or Terengganu dating to around 1920 - 1940. There was a craze in those days for innovation and hybrid styles abound. The Palembang style seems to have been particularly influential. The 'air-tangan' of the piece though is unmistakably Peninsular - so is the sheath, which is the debek style and very Kelantanese. In these days smallish keris for "formal" attire were popular and even today in Kota Bahru they call them keris selit because the fit just nicely into the waist of your sarong.

Super nice piece and absolutely all original. Another nice catch Michael...
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