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Sultan Crown of Kutai Kartanegara Sultanate

Crown is one important thing as a symbol of the ruler of Kutai Kartanegara Sultanate. Together with Crown of Siak Sri Indrapura, the original crown of Kutai Kartanegara Sultanate are now stored at the National Museum in Jakarta. While the one in Sultanate is a replica of the original crown.  

The crown of Kutai Kartanegara Sultanate might have been used since the mid-19th century when the Sultanate was ruled by Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman (1845-1899 AD). This prediction refers to the book called The Head-Hunters of Borneo (1881) written by Carl Bock, that explains that when the Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman ruled, he has 6-8 goldsmiths who were good at doing special order made ​​of gold and silver.

The crown of Kutai Kartanegara Sultanate made of gold, decorated with gemstones, and weighs about 2 kg. This crown shapes stackable and has storied on the front crown. Curly or spiral decoration motifs which combined with vine motif become an evident of these reliefs. While at the back, there is Mungkur eagle ornament decorated with carved motifs of flower, bird, and deer.

The last using of the crown is at the coronation of Sultan H. Aji Muhammad Salehuddin II on September 22, 2001. At that time, the government of Kutai Kartanegara regency borrowed the original crown stored in the National Museum as one of the important tools for Sultan coronation ceremony.

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