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Old 21st February 2021, 06:08 PM   #16
kai
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Hello Jean,

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What is the reason for the sloppy & blurred patras, religious reason or just poor craftsmanship
Missing, highly stylized or "empty" patra seem to be an early development and examples are seen in a few of the extant early keris hilts.

In this case, I believe the hilt was not done by a specialized carver (maybe rather done by one of the former owners). The base of the hilt appears to have seen some wear or intentional thinning out (already a good while ago) - this may have contributed to the uneven lines teathering out towards the base.

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Kai
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