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Old 12th September 2020, 07:26 PM   #1
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Default Fine looking keris

Not my area at all, but I thought the keris enthusiasts would like to see this example that sold in England a short while ago.

I handled the item and was suitably impressed, great condition also.
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Old 13th September 2020, 02:42 AM   #2
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Not my area at all, but I thought the keris enthusiasts would like to see this example that sold in England a short while ago.

I handled the item and was suitably impressed, great condition also.



It is a beautiful piece.
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Old 13th September 2020, 07:54 AM   #3
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Beautiful balinese kris indeed. From the pics the blade seems old (19th century?), the ivory scabbard in kekandikan style and the silver hilt depicting Bayu are probably more recent (late 20th century?).
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What feature makes the figure Bayu? There isn't a gazelle or a double pendant. Is the flower/globe enough by itself or is it the mystery object in his other hand a tell? The second hand isn't making the sign of wind. Is there a representation of the north west I missed?
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Old 14th September 2020, 08:12 AM   #5
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What feature makes the figure Bayu? There isn't a gazelle or a double pendant. Is the flower/globe enough by itself or is it the mystery object in his other hand a tell? The second hand isn't making the sign of wind. Is there a representation of the north west I missed?


Thank you.
Looking again at the pic, the depicted figure is probably not Bayu indeed since he has an agressive look (teeth & fangs), while Bayu is normally shown with a friendly face (often smiling). It may rather depict Ravana or Ratmaja but as the piece is recent (kreasi baru), we cannot be sure.
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Old 14th September 2020, 02:23 PM   #6
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Thank you.
Looking again at the pic, the depicted figure is probably not Bayu indeed since he has an agressive look (teeth & fangs), while Bayu is normally shown with a friendly face (often smiling). It may rather depict Ravana or Ratmaja but as the piece is recent (kreasi baru), we cannot be sure.

Indeed. As we have discussed many times before it is always a bit dubious to try to attach actual characters to many Balinese figural hilts unless there are solid and clear indicators for such identification.
This does seem like a nice Balinese ensemble. It would be good to see some better photos. I like the dress. Seems like a nice antique blade, but not really anything particularly extraordinary.
It would be nice to see close-ups of the hilt and of the base of the blade from directly overhead.
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Old 15th September 2020, 02:17 PM   #7
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Is Jero Gede ever represented in Balinese hilts?
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Not to my knowledge.

I cannot recall ever having seen either of the Barong Landung as keris hilts, neither Jero Luh, nor Jero Gede.
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Old 17th September 2020, 02:04 PM   #9
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This is the only other image available, if of any use.
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