Item 104    A Madurese celurit. This distinctively Madurese weapon has a terrifying reputation and has
probably been responsible for more deaths by violence than any other weapon in the Indonesian catalogue of
weaponry.There are a number of forms of the celurit, from a small household one that is used to prune garden
shrubs, through to a massive one that is used to split firewood. Rural people in Madura and East Jawa are
seldom without a celurit either dangling from the left hand or stuck into the back of their belt or trousers, as a
consequence, if a difference of opinion should escalate, the weapon that is always close at hand is the celurit.

During the purges of Communists in the 1960's celurits were used extensively for mass execution. Suspected
Communists and Communist sympathisers --- along with ethnic Chinese and a lot of people whose only sin
was to be disliked for some reason or other, or who were owed money --- were lined up and the executioners
walked along the back of the line cutting throats. These mass killings took place during 1965 and 1966 and the
death toll is reckoned to have been somewhere between one million and three million people.

The celurit offered here is the pure weapon form, it has a robust pamor blade, the hardwood hilt fits into a
socket, and it comes with an embossed leather sheath.

Blade length across the curve  10.5" (265mm) overall length across the curve 20" (505MM)                       
ITEM 104