G olok knife
Java, Central Indonesia
End of the 19th century
Wood, silver and iron
Long. total: 51 cm; Long. scabbard: 40 cm
Long. blade: 35 cm; Long. handle: 11.5 cm
This knife has embossed silver decoration over its entire surface, whether it is the scabbard or the handle. The incision work is intended to be symmetrical and geometrically ordered in a floral composition. The distal end of the sheath is formerly broken.
The grip in the shape of a butt follows an elegant line, slightly curved upwards.
This tool with a substantial blade was worn on the belt and was used as a machete in carving wood and bamboo. Its precious ornament probably testifies to the important rank of its owner.
Text and photos © FCP CORIDON
Golok Java knife, Central Indonesia Late 19th century
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