Kujang Lanang (Pusaka)

Kujang Lanang (Pusaka)

Code: IN6

"Kujang" is a Sundanese regional variation of the word "kudi".  This kudi is from Mardura, an island off the northeastern coast of Java.   

The shape of this kujang is "lanang", one of the oldest forms dating to 1521.  It resembles the letter "Ba" in Sundanese. As a "pusuka", an heirloom, this kujang commemorates Islamic law.

Dapur (style): Kujang

Tangguh (era): 20th century

Pamor (surface pattern):  Naga Rangsang

Hulu  (hilt): made from sonokeling wood

Warangka (sheath): made from sonokeling wood

Length of the blade is app. 25 cm

Total length is app. 42 cm

The Kujang (Kudi, Kudik, Bade Gagang, other names) is a unique traditional weapon originating in West Java (Sundanese Region) 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. 

See also Kujang Ciung

See also About the Kujang

Edged Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago