Keris Laler Mengeng with Elegant Pamor Jung Isi Dunya forge-folded in the Tangguh Pajang Era (16th Century CE)

The dapur of this antique Indonesian keris features the straight-bladed Laler Mengeng model. It is a very rare and unique type of keris in regard to the ricikan components of the blade. First of all, the gandik is quite tall, but what is more surprising is the inverted kembang kacang, which points inward instead of outward. Also, due to the absence of ada-ada, the blade appears rather flat. With a total length of 33.5 centimeters, the blade of the Laler Mengeng dapur has an average measurement for an Indonesian keris.

Keris Laler Mengeng with Pamor Jung Isi Dunya

The keris Laler Mengeng contains the elegant Jung Isi Dunya pamor pattern. The pamor motif is spread across the entire length of the blade, covering the exterior surface of the blade from the base to the tip. This particular type of pamor consists of thin layers of circles or bubbles, which look similar to the Wos Wutah and the Kulit Semangka pamor motifs. However, the Jung Isi Dunya pattern stands out from the two aforementioned types of pamor, because it features a unique variation in its design.

Keris Laler Mengeng with Jung Isi Dunya Pamor Pattern

The Jung Isi Dunya pamor pattern is forged using the traditional folding technique. This means that the iron is folded with a layer of pamor added in between. The process of folding the iron is repeated until the blade becomes thick and strong while a beautiful pamor motif emerges. Hence, the Jung Isi Dunya pattern is classed as a ‘mlumah’ type of pamor, which refers to the forge-folding technique. It is believed, that the Jung Isi Dunya pamor possesses mystical properties which can help the owner of the keris to acquire wealth, money and riches.

Close up of the base of the blade of the Keris Laler Mengeng

This ancient pusaka heirloom keris comes with a scabbard made from Timåhå wood. The wooden warangka sheath is shaped in the traditional gayaman style of Yogyakarta. In addition, the sheath is covered with a silver pendok (cover). For the rest, the hand carved hilt of the keris also has a silver mendak (ring).

Ancient Keris Laler Mengeng from the 16th Century Tangguh Pajang Era

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