Penjamas Keris, street in Blora, Central Java, Indonesia

Keris is a symbol of men in the Javanese tradition, not just sharp weapons and self-defense tools.

In a keris contained Javanese philosophy which is full of messages for its owner, usually manifested in the form of a dagger, decoration or container (sheath) that encloses the keris.

This time I will only expose the service seller “Jamasan Keris” in a small town Blora, Central Java, which carries out its activities on the sidewalk of the highway.

Penjamas Keris on Street


Jamasan keris is usually done by the Javanese community once a year in the month of Sura (Java) or the month of Muharram (Arabic) in the calendar / calendar system of the Month.

Jamasan Keris, more than just washing and cleaning heirloom / sacred objects in the form of Keris, Tombak, Gamelan and others, but provides lubrication with oil and some secret ingredients at the end of the process, so that the Keris will be maintained and protected from damage due to age and weather, besides its beauty always looks.

In the big cities of Java that used to stand Kingdoms such as Yogyakarta (Jogja) & Surakarta (Solo) the tradition of “Jamasan Keris”, carried out by the Palace / Palace of the King as a preservation event of Javanese tradition, while other community groups / communities of Keris lovers, used to carry out the tradition in a closed place together.

The equipment and materials used in the “Keris jam” are no different from those used in traditional houses / Keraton, only simpler


Full of concentration to perform the keris, as an expression to preserve Javanese cultural traditions


Keris with ornamentation style “Nagasasra” can be seen from the snake-shaped decoration in the middle of the Keris blade (golden color) and the crowned Snake’s head at the base of the Keris, which is in the process of decoration.

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