An authentic antique straight Keris / Kris from Java, Indonesia. Both the blade and wooden sheath are in excellent condition. The carving of the rosewood handle is of very high quality and the silver ring securing the hilt to the blade is very ornate.
The blade is well etched from years of having been acid washed and may be significantly older than the handle and sheath which date from the 1800's. The sheath is very fine being made from a beautiful piece of wood and decorated with embossed brass.
This style of Keris is called Jalak Sangu Tumpeng and its virtues are said to be: protection, prevents misfortune, repels black magic, helps see through the lies of others, improves meditation, spiritual development.
Keris's are considered magical objects and the blades are often blended with sacred ingredients and powerful hyang (spirits) are often invoked into the blade during the manufacturing process. Often it would take a maker years to make a single blade as the work could only be done on certain days after a period of meditation.
An empowered Keris is believed to be capable of bringing good luck or bad luck to its owner. To test whether a particular blade is a good match for its owner, it is advised to sleep with the Keris under your pillow and if you have good dreams, then that is a good omen.
A beautiful object that looks excellent on display