Aceh - Sumatra
Rencong is a dagger as important to the Acehnese as the Keris is to the
Javanese. According to some scholars, its shape is said to symbolize the Arab
lettering of the invocation “Bismillaah”. One can accept this interpretation
or not, however the Islamic symbolism is evident in the Rencong shape and
decoration. As the Keris, it is believed to have a mystic power.
Rencong is worn slipped into the folds of the sarong on the left hand side of
the stomach directed to the right hand. It is part of the traditional Acehnese
clothing and is still worn for ceremonies and weddings.
length may vary from 10 to 50 cm, its single edge blade averaging 20 cm. The
shape of the blade usually slightly undulates however some Rencong have a straight
blade, it is slightly hollowed along its back. The upper part of the blade has a
protuberance called Duru Seuke, chiseled like the Keris greneng. The right
hilt probably symbolizes a bird’s head. The wooden sheath has a very
specific wide mouth with engraved with interlaced designs.
Read Barbara Leigh about the Rencong
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