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**Originally Listed At $500**

Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Java, Majapahit Empire, ca. 15th century CE. A fine and early example of a kris (keris), a type of personal ceremonial sword. This example is known as a "kris sajen" where the blade and handle are integrally-forged from carbon steel. The name "sajen" (meaning offering or sacrifice) denotes how the figural handles were used in ceremonies to pray for agricultural prosperity, a bountiful catch at sea, or personal protection. The blade has an elegant serpentine profile with a projecting shoulder guard and bands of lighter material coursing throughout. The wooden sheath is composed of two pieces that meet just below the bulbous guard protector. Size (w/ sheath): 6.25" W x 17.1" H (15.9 cm x 43.4 cm); length of blade: 13.6" L (34.5 cm).

Provenance: private Rochester, Michigan, USA collection

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#137928

Condition

Old repair to handle with light adhesive residue along break lines. Minor nicks and fine oxidation along blade and handle. Nice patina to steel and wooden components.

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15th C. Indonesian Majapahit Wood & Steel Kris Sajen

Estimate $1,000 - $1,500Oct 17
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