Object Title

Axe (kudi tranchang)

Axe (kudi tranchang)



Object Number



Presented by the National Art Collections Fund, 1942. From the Norton Hall Collection, no. 277. Formerly no. XXVIC.1. On loan L221 to the Horniman Museum (no.1971.59), Dreadnought Building, August 1988.

Physical Description

The blade is in the form of a garuda head, with a long beak, feathered crest and drooping neck, with a forward point at the base. The eyes are inlaid in brass. At the junction with the hilt is carved a small seated, ferocious animal (lion?). The garuda bird is incised and inlaid in brass at either side with an eye, an ear and a furrowed brow. The hilt is of wood, swelling to a central section with five turned ribs, and fitted with a tapering iron ferrule and pommel.


Dimensions: overall length 54.2cm (21.4in), blade length 27.8cm (11.0in), hilt length 26.3cm (10.4in) Weight: The weight of the axe is 0.4 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Java


See G.C. Stone, 'Glossary of the construction, decoration and use of armor and arms', Portland, 1934, p.395, figs 493-4.