Carved Wooden Blawong Board from Cirebon, Indonesia (circa 1930s)
Carved wooden blawong board from Cirebon, Indonesia (circa 1930s). Blawong boards were used to hold a pair of Keris daggers. They were fixed near the entrance of the household in order to use the Keris magic to protect the owner from evil spirits and to keep the keris safe and secure when not being carried. There was a sultanate court near the modern day city of Cirebon on West Java's north coast. This board may have royal connections. Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, the sultanate thrived and became the region's centre of trade and commerce. This particular piece is carved from wood still showing remnants of colour. The image depicts a human figure above two serpents with intertwined tails most likely related to ancestors and protective spirits. The piece may be displayed as a wall hanging or on a stand (not included). It is in fair vintage condition with characterful nicks, cracks and wood blemishes commensurate with age and use. Upon request a video of the piece will be provided.
H 53 cm / 20.9"
W 29.3 cm / 11.5"
D 3.0 cm / 1.2"