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A Kujang Knife blade from the Majapahit era
1935.1.66
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

From my perspective the kujang is a masterpiece in that it holds a special importance for me both as a martial artist and as a museum educator. The kujang exemplifies how an object can act as a window into another culture. The kujang thus becomes a medium for interpretation, allowing a glimpse into what might be a radically different ontological world view through personal reflections, epic stories, and symbolic elucidation. Some Kujangs are thought to have mystical power. This power either originates from the creator or bearer of the knife or from some event that the knife has been through. In either case, the knife is treated with the utmost respect and in some cases the kujang becomes a cultural heirloom – a pusaka.

History of the Object
I first came in contact with the kujang when I went to West Java on an anthropological field study, to study the indigenous Sundanese martial art of penca. The Kujang, that decorated the walls in many of my informant’s homes, as it is believed to bring about luck, protection, honor, etc, holds a special meaning to the members of the Sundanese martial arts community. It is not only part of the martial artists arsenal, and as such an important tool of the art, it also frequently figures in the pandel (emblem) of many schools of penca. The Kujang is in many ways to the Sundanese what the Keris is to the Javanese – a multivocal symbol laden with meaning. This meaning can be both mystical and cosmological as well as an instrument in the process of self-identification and creation of the regional sense of Sundanese culture. This regional identity often stands in contrast to, and sometimes in conflict with, the national Indonesia identity.

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Type
Other 
Materials
Metal 
Measurements
 
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Indonesia; The Majapahit Empire included central and east Jarcava, Bali, and several of the other islands in the present day Indonesian archipelago 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 15th century 
Creation date
Hindu–Buddhist Empire; according to the collector the blade was forged during this era 
Function
 
Acquisition
Collection 1935.1 was made in 1935 in Java, Indonesia by Nils Kemner, a Ph.D. from Lund University. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museum of World Culture, Sweden 
Museum
Museum of World Culture 
Credit line
 

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