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Old 20th December 2012, 08:34 PM   #1
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Dear All,

finally it has found his new owner, and I think, it would be interesting to start a discussion about it:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-IND...=item19d74a7316

At first sight I thought it would be the real thing, but then... one thing for sure: it would be the first one of this kind I see without the "Banji" (swastika) ornament. And there are some other strange features.

Is this one an attempt to cheat or just a less fine or more recent example of its kind?
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Old 20th December 2012, 08:36 PM   #2
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Old 20th December 2012, 08:51 PM   #4
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Hi Gustav,

It's a nice knife, shall we call them 'Wedung'? I know some do and some don't.

Artzi had a similar one on his website some time ago:
http://www.oriental-arms.com/photos.php?id=1812
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Old 20th December 2012, 08:55 PM   #5
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I have two 'cousins'.
Sadly neither comes with the oversized ceremonial scabbard, the "party dress".
One of mine is 'naked' and the other only has it's 'everday' scabbard.
Both of mine have the 'swastika' geometry.
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Old 20th December 2012, 09:22 PM   #6
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Hello Gustav,

have found this thread: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showt...ight=bali+knife

The one from Artzi was discussed here: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showt...ight=bali+knife

The one you have posted look original to my eyes and like the both threads show they don't need to have the swastika ornament. But honestly I have state that I don't know to much about them.

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Hello Gustav,

have found this thread: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showt...ight=bali+knife

The one from Artzi was discussed here: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showt...ight=bali+knife

The one you have posted look original to my eyes and like the both threads show they don't need to have the swastika ornament. But honestly I have state that I don't know to much about them.

Attached a picture from the first thread.

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Hi Detlef,

That's interesting.
The example you found has not got the 'monster' on the spine.
Remember my two cousins?
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Hi Detlef,

That's interesting.
The example you found has not got the 'monster' on the spine.
Remember my two cousins?


Hi buddy,

yes remember your both knifes. Both have the swastika ornament. The one from Charles have maybe lost the "monster" on it's spine or never have had it, I don't know. But on page 74 from the book "Traditional Weapons Of The Indonesian Archipelago" is shown an example which also don't have this "monster" nor the swastika ornament.

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Old 20th December 2012, 10:11 PM   #9
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But on page 74 from the book "Traditional Weapons Of The Indonesian Archipelago" is shown an example which also don't have this "monster" nor the swastika ornament.


Gene, Detlef, thank you very much for the interesting insights!

Detlef, in van Zonnevelds book depicted is the other side of the knife, which don't have ornaments. Yet you are wright about the "monster".
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Gene, Detlef, thank you very much for the interesting insights!

Detlef, in van Zonnevelds book depicted is the other side of the knife, which don't have ornaments. Yet you are wright about the "monster".



Hello Gustav,

yes, you are right, in Alberts book is shown the other side. But don't think that Albert will show this side when the other will be fancy.

Maybe Albert will help by this question.
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Old 21st December 2012, 04:33 AM   #11
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Detlef, I think, you are wright. The knife in van Zonnevelds book don't have ornaments on blade, Schmeltz also describes a plain blade with grooves on both sides. So perhaps we can see some logic here, regarding this and picture in #4:

No "monster" head = no further ornaments on the blade.
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Old 21st December 2012, 03:14 PM   #12
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Ceremonially what were these used for?
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Old 21st December 2012, 03:34 PM   #13
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Battara, apparently these are associated with funerary rites.
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Old 21st December 2012, 04:53 PM   #14
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Battara, apparently these are associated with funerary rites.


Absolutely! My own trade, which is why I rather like them.
There's a great thread somewhere with tons of pictures.......


Here we go:
http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=13443

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Old 21st December 2012, 05:19 PM   #15
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Hi Guys
If you do a little digging into the archives there are some great threads on these rare and interesting knives.
http://www.vikingsword.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000732.html
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Hello Gustav,

yes, you are right, in Alberts book is shown the other side. But don't think that Albert will show this side when the other will be fancy.

Maybe Albert will help by this question.



That is correct, if the other side of the blade had been more fancy, I would have shown that one. Both sides of the blade are exactly the same.
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That is correct, if the other side of the blade had been more fancy, I would have shown that one. Both sides of the blade are exactly the same.
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Thank you very much for clarification!


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Hi buddy,

yes remember your both knifes. Both have the swastika ornament. The one from Charles have maybe lost the "monster" on it's spine or never have had it, I don't know. But on page 74 from the book "Traditional Weapons Of The Indonesian Archipelago" is shown an example which also don't have this "monster" nor the swastika ornament.

Regards,

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Hi Detlef

I think these are really interesting. Is there a work that defines the various types and region specific variations?

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Hi Detlef

I think these are really interesting. Is there a work that defines the various types and region specific variations?

ATB
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Hi Gene,

not that I am aware of. But one thing is to remark: To my knowledge have the Java wedung nothing to do with the Bali tiuk pengentas.
But like I have written before, my knowledge about both knifes is very limited.

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I suppose - more ornamentation - more magic content. I don't think, they all are equal. We have so far: plain blades (without the "head" embellishment), blades with ornamentation (with "head"), blades with ornamentation including "Banji", which is magically a VERY important ornament (with "head").

I know, it all sounds childish. It would be interesting to hear some thoughts of a Balinese, who would share his knowledge.
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It would be interesting to hear some thoughts of a Balinese, who would share his knowledge.



Hello Gustav,

will try to ask a Balinese I know if he can tell us more.

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Absolutely! My own trade, which is why I rather like them.
There's a great thread somewhere with tons of pictures.......


Here we go:
http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=13443

Well I feel like an idiot now!

I clean forgot about this thread (and I posted in it! ).

Thanks.......
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Well I feel like an idiot now!

I clean forgot about this thread (and I posted in it! ).

Thanks.......


ROTF!!!
I do it all the time, don't worry at all mate.
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Hi Gene,

not that I am aware of. But one thing is to remark: To my knowledge have the Java wedung nothing to do with the Bali tiuk pengentas.
But like I have written before, my knowledge about both knifes is very limited.

Regards,

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Hi Detlef,

That's an interesting point. The other day I noticed this reply from Amuk in an old thread about my pair:

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Hullo again Gene,

FWIW ..... I refer to mine as Balinese Blakas.

Best,


I did mean to ask him but..... my old brain... forgets things.....

Are you saying the these are not 'Wedung'? but 'tiuk pengenta'?
It's not a term I've heard before Can you elaborate please?

Thanks buddy
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Hi Detlef,

That's an interesting point. The other day I noticed this reply from Amuk in an old thread about my pair:



I did mean to ask him but..... my old brain... forgets things.....

Are you saying the these are not 'Wedung'? but 'tiuk pengenta'?
It's not a term I've heard before Can you elaborate please?

Thanks buddy
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Hi Gene,

look post # 16 of this thread: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=13443, a name I have heard on Bali as well.

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Hi Gene,

look post # 16 of this thread: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=13443, a name I have heard on Bali as well.

Regards,

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Hi Detlef,

Thanks, that clears it up nicely.
So tiuk pengentas it is!
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I have noticed that the old ones usually don't have the swastika pattern, so maybe it's the other way around?
Here are two blurry cell phone pictures I shot when visiting the Klungkung palace museum. There seems to be a difference between the ceremonial axe and this "household knife", both in use and name.

Michael

PS I have one and used to have an additional that I traded. One is plain and the other have an ornamented blade. Both of them have this kind of scabbard, old style makara hilt, the "monster" protrusion and inlay on the back of the blade.
I suspect that the makara hilt, more than if there is inlay on the blade, is an age indicator.
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Ok, so this one I have was also used for funeral services as well?

I know it is ceremonial and like the one in your pictures above. Also there is heavily silver koftgari on both sides.
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Hello all,

here the answer I just received from Bali:

Dear Detlef,
Thank you for your email and the link, of course I still remember you. I try to give a small information about "tiuk pengentas", in Bali we use tiuk pengentas as one of a must thing for cremation ceremony, to open the wrap of the body we use tiuk pengentas which symbolize to open another word for the soul,and hope that the soul will get a good way. after we bring the body to cemetery, we also use tiuk pengentas to open the tie of the buffalo statue, there is a hole inside the buffalo to put the body and burning the body inside.
I hope my little explanation can give you a little information.
kindly regards,
Ketut Karang


I have asked him further questions and will post his answer here when I have received it.
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Ok, so this one I have was also used for funeral services as well?

I know it is ceremonial and like the one in your pictures above. Also there is heavily silver koftgari on both sides.



Hello Jose,

yes, I think so.
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