Ketopong, Crown of Sultan Kutai Kartanegara

Ketopong, Crown of Sultan Kutai Kartanegara

Helloindonesia.id – This crown was worn by Sultan Aji Muhamad Sulaiman in 1845-1899. Made of gold and gemstones, this is the helmet or crown worn by the Sultan of Kutai Kartanegara.

Ketopong, Crown of Sultan Kutai Kartanegara
Ketopong, Crown of Sultan Kutai Kartanegara

This ketopong is in the form of a top-notch crown and the face is in the form of a multilevel meru This helmet is also decorated with a spiral motif combined with a vine motif. The back decoration on the helmet is in the form of a mungkur garuda decorated with flowers, deer and birds.

Author and explorer, Carl Bock, in his book The Head Hunters Of Borneo writes that Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman had 6 to 8 gold carvers who were specially employed to make gold and silver engraved items for the Sultan.

The original ketopong, which weighs almost 2 kilograms, is currently stored in the Jakarta National Museum. Meanwhile, at the Mulawarman Museum, Tenggarong, East Kalimantan, a duplication of the original helmet is kept.

Source : Indonesiakaya.com