UKIRAN MADURA

DONORIKO 
(represents an uncurling sprout)

DONORIKO
 (vegetal & winged horse)

DONORIKO
GAYA KEMBANG
(floral style)

DONORIKO
(Vegetal & Garuda)

LANGSIR (lancier)
Sumenep

PULASIR (cuirassier)
Sumenep

    Madura hilts are among the most beautiful. The overall shape is similar to central Java, however these hilts are intricately carved with reminiscent of Dutch influence and  remains of Hindu influence. Madura hosted Dutch garrisons, and many Madurese enrolled the Dutch army. Therefore, local hilts, called Landhian, were decorated with helmets, shoulder pads and other western military attributes.

    The winged horse Kuda Panole is one of the common carvings seen on hilts from Madura, it is part of the Sumenep coat of arms. The legend of Kuda Panole goes back to the last Majapahit king, Brawijaya and his son-in-law Jaka Tule, Prince of Sumenep. While Jaka Tule was leaving Brawijaya, a horse escaped and nobody could control the animal. When Jaka Tule approached the horse, it was subdued, it kneeled down before the Prince and turned its sight backwards.

Pictures from "UKIRAN - Essai de classification des poignées de kris de l'archipel indonésien" from Gaspard de Narval

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