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A unique Penghulu
Very large Bugis blade
Ivory and silver hilt
Gilt metal sheath

A unique Penghulu Very large Bugis blade Ivory and silver hilt Gilt metal sheath www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A fine and unique Bugis Chieftains Keris.

This Atypical example measures 49.5cms long in its sheath. Out it is just under 48.5cms long and carries a blade length of 35.5cms.
The hilt is that of a Chinese water Dragon or similar which is made from expertly carved ivory that is secured to the tang with a large faceted silver pommel of typical Chinese design.
The ivory hilt also acts as the locator and friction fit in to the sheath. It would have once likely fanned out the full length of the Keris's base and well down the sides of the gilt metal sheath.
As noted, the sheath is of a gilt metal, likely brass. Its surfaces have been entirely covered in a floral design that has perfectly and painstakingly been applied with a very small and precise punch.
The blade is of a very rare and desirable size, showing clear pamor patterning throughout its surfaces and clean bevelled edges retaining its original manufacturing "grind" lines.
The blades tang is very thick and has been lengthened to protrude through he hilt to the screw on silver pommel. The precision through which the blade tapers and that the join line is seen as a perfect join, suggests that the extension maybe threaded as is the tang at the pommel end.

An exceptional and very unusual find, clearly showing the strong Chinese influence throughout the Bugis nations.