A Silver Pedang Suduk from Java
An iconic sword from Java, but sometimes seen on other islands of the Archipel. The ”Pedang Lurus” was inspired by the European straightswords. Pedang Lurus is the most common collectors name we give these type of swords, but the official name for this type is Pedang Suduk Maru. The slightly curved blade has an interesting pamor. It is presumable that this example was a gift to a high ranked person, because this type of pamor indicates the owner is an important powerfull man which is able to provide leadership.
Swords like these generally have two type of blades, imported european blades and native traditional blades. This example has a double edged blade with a central ridge running all the way through the blade. The handle is made of sheeted silver which is hand driven in floral motives which are typical for Java. The scabbard is decorated in the same way and depicts floral motives and birds. An interesting feature is the mythological Naga at the end of the scabbard.
This example can be dated mid to late 18th century.
Condition: Excellent, minor ware or dents, the hanging clip was broken off.
Total length: 60cm
Copyright by Peter Andeweg – 2020
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