The kujang keychain is now sold.
Here are some beautiful silver and gold-plated items from Indonesia. These items celebrate the history and culture of a truly incredible country.
1. This letter opener features Javanese shadow puppet-style depictions of Rama and Shinta, two characters from the Hindu epic the Ramayana. Although the island of Java is predominately Muslim now, there is still a great deal of respect for Hindu culture on the island. The body of the opener resembles a Javanese keris, and it comes in a box that has been hand wrapped with Javanese-batik printed paper. Together these embody some of the best of Indonesian history and culture. I have a Javanese keris at the entrance to my home, along with two wayang kulit (shadow puppets) and some great batik shirts from around Java.
This would be a great present for a pencak silat practitioner or anyone who is a fan of Indonesian culture and history, or even someone who enjoys the Ramayana. I have not yet had a chance to watch a live shadow puppet show in Indonesia, but it is definitely one of my goals!
The opener comes with English and Bahasa Indonesia descriptions of both Rama and Shinta.
There is a great deal of detail on these openers borrowed from the actual handmade and painted leather shadow puppets that are still in use today in Indonesia.
This opener is not available outside Indonesia, and even within Indonesia is only available in a few select locations. It is 6 3/4” long and nice and light at only half an ounce. $35.
2. This is a bookmark depicting the Javanese shadow puppet version of Rama, the chief character in the Sanskrit epic the Ramayana. It is plated in genuine silver and is beautifully presented in a batik paper-wrapped box with a short description of Rama’s significance in both English and Bahasa Indonesia.
The back of the bookmark is plain.
This is a great item and beautifully made: you won’t find one of these anywhere else outside Indonesia! 3”. 0.2 oz. $35.
3. This is a gold-plated kujang keychain. The kujang is revered by the Sundanese of West Java as much as the keris is revered in much of Central and Eastern Java. Aside from being an excellent weapon, it is also a religious symbol. The three holes on the top are thought to be representative of the trimurti, or the three central gods in Hinduism. Modern versions now sometimes have five holes since Islam is now the predominant religion in Indonesia. It was originally an agricultural tool (much like a small scythe), but it has far more symbolism now.
Standing between two wall-mounted kujangs is thought to mean death!
This beautiful keychain is great for the silat aficionado, especially those that practice West Javanese styles such as mande muda. This is not an item you’ll find anywhere else! Packed in a beautiful batik-paper wrapped box. 2”. 0.1 oz. SOLD.
4. This is a gold-plated keychain representing the golok, which is both an agricultural tool and a revered weapon in West Java, Indonesia. I own several goloks myself and train with them frequently. They are absolutely devastating blades.
The keychain comes in a batik-paper wrapped box.
This would be a great present for a silat practitioner or anyone who collects West Javanese weapons.
This absolutely represents a typical West Javanese golok to a T: I own one much like it! If it was silver plated, I’d wear it as a pendant! 2”. 0.2 oz. $35.