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Old 28th October 2015, 02:48 AM   #31
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Oh, now HE'S got personality...
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Old 7th November 2015, 07:44 AM   #32
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Here are three holders that if they were met with by most keris collectors, would immediately be identified as keris holders.

But they're not.

Things other than keris are held by figural holders.

The first two holders are for tombak (spears) which are accorded almost as much respect as keris in Jawa. We rarely see keris displayed in a Javanese home, but it is not unusual to find tombak either in holders or in a ploncon (rack) in either the visitor entry room, or in the first internal room.

The third holder is a Javanese interpretation of Ganesha, and this is a holder for a payung, (song song -- krama inggil) (parasol, umbrella). In Jawa the payung is a hierarchical status indicator and is itself held in respect.

So, if we find something that we think is a keris holder, it is wise to pause and think first.

These stands are located in the Museum Radya Pustaka in Solo, Central Jawa.
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Old 22nd November 2015, 04:19 PM   #33
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Old 4th December 2015, 08:40 PM   #34
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Here's my (very poorly made) Keris holder. I believe it's Hanuman
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Old 9th July 2016, 11:27 PM   #35
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It sort of reminds me of the toilet paper holder that was in my bathroom in Bali (shown in the last picture).
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Old 30th September 2022, 07:18 AM   #36
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I've been wanting one of these figural stands for decades and finally had the opportunity to get one. I recently acquired a Bali kris and shortly after, saw the stand on an auction site. I'm told it's brother Delem. I think he classically captures both the comical and demonic nature of his character.
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