Kujang Ciung (Sajen)

Code:  IN7

"Kujang" is a Sundanese regional variation of the word "kudi". This is an older Kujang (Kudi, Kudik, Bade Gagang, other names) in excellent condition. This kudi is probably from from Madura, an island off the northeastern coast of Java.

The shape of this kujang is "clung", a personification of the "bird" essence.  As a "sajen", this type serves in religious and ceremonial village ceremonies.  It may be used to prepare ritual offerings.

Dapur (style): Kujang

Tangguh (era): 20th century

Pamor (surface pattern): Sersan

Hulu (hilt): sonokeling wood

Warangka (sheath):  sonokeling wood

Total length: The length of the blade is app. 25 cm. Total length is app. 40 cm

The Kujang / Kudi  is a unique traditional weapon  to which magical powers are attributed. The Kujang started to be used in the 8th or 9th century and made from iron and meteorite. The shape of Kujang was originally inspired and created by a utensil used in farming, the "celurit" or "arit". In english this would be the equivalent of a small hand-sickle. However it has evolved over the centuries into many shapes and sizes.  Unlike a sickle, which is a working knife, the Kujang usually serves as a talisman, traditionally carried by a pawang (medicine man) as a symbol of his power.

Other kujangs:   Kujang Lanang

See also About the Kujang