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Sumatran Keris

This is a fine old Sumatran mounted keris. The hilt has a silver alloy Garuda with garnet eyes and the sheath is silver alloy. The very old blade has a shape typical of Bugis.

Keris daggers are widespread throughout the greater Malay and Indonesia cultural world. The blades are made of iron and nickel (often of meteoric origin) and are highly valued as powerful talismans. The supernatural powers associated with them span everything imaginable: attracting wealth, power, luck, influence, love; warding off black magic, jealousy, fire, poison, violence, lightning strikes; or making one a good dancer, able diplomat or soldier. Very old keris blades of known provenance can be extremely costly. Blacksmiths who are expert in forging keris are respected and known for their mystic powers.

length sheathed - 17 1/2"
width - 6 1/2"

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