A West Javanese Kudi Kujang dagger, with 13th century blade.

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A West Javanese Kudi Kujang dagger, with 13th century blade.

Umur (age): From the capital city Pajajaran of Sunda kingdom.

Traditional weapon or chopping tool with a hooked blade from Java and Madura, a sacred weapon carried by a magician (Pawang) that has talismanic virtues. The Kudi is an ancient weapon, the oldest being the smallest like the earlier Keris Sajen, due to scarcity of iron. It was considered as a symbol of sovereignty until the 19th century. The basic shape resembles a king fisher head like the Patani Keris hilt, however the are many variation: Kudi Peksi with a bird’s head, Kudi Wayang with a wayang figure.

Length of the blade, including ‘Pesi’ (tang of the blade): 21.5 cm. (1x)

Note 1: Pajajaran was the fortified capital city of the Sunda kingdom. The location is roughly corresponds to modern Bogor city in West Java, Indonesia. It was settled at least since the 10th century. From the 15th century on, Pajajaran became major political importance, when Sri Baduga Maharaja established it as the royal capital of Sunda kingdom. After the reign of King Jayadewata (Sri Baduga Maharaja), Pakuan Pajajaran served as the royal capital for several generations. Dayeuh Pakuan Pajajaran served as the capital of Sunda Kingdom approximately for almost a hundred years (1482-1579), until it was razed and destroyed by the Sultanate of Banten in 1579.

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