The Kentongan

Kentongan or slit-drum, one of traditional telecommunication tools from Indonesian ancient cultures is possibly belonged to a temple or a temple compound. Wooden slit-drums are still found in villages in Java and Bali, as well as in other parts of Indonesia. They are used to call people together for meeting and festivals and warn them against danger (inundation, theft, fire etc). Sometimes they are used to frighten away demons.

For each event or activity, kentongan sounded different with a punch, so that when people hear the kentongan, they will understand the message of the type of the sound. In Old Javanese and in Balinese they are called kulkul. In Modern Javanese they are generally known as kentongan.

The presence of developed technology now days, kentongans only be hanged as ornament. They are not hit but hung at a particular space. Beautiful kentongan with very fine craft can be very costly. The forms have changed to special ornament like chili paper, fish, men and many others.

Many types of kentongan, ranging from small to large, made from bamboo material, teak wood and even metal.

Such a beautifully decorated bronze example as one presented here is a collection of Tropenmuseum Netherland, dated before 1500, length 71 cm, origin from East Java Indonesia.

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