Unknown19th century

Museum Nasional Indonesia

Museum Nasional Indonesia
Jakarta, Indonesia

The ukur is a sacred funerary object that plays an important role in death related rituals within Balinese society. It is made from a number of Chinese coins tied together with cotton yarn, to resemble a human being and thus the mortal remains of the deceased. The ukur is, traditionally, cremated alongside the corpse, attempting to achieve a release of the departed soul to higher levels in the afterlife. This particular ukur, made from 43 gold coins, is embellished with etchings and has its facial part made of wire.


  • Title: UKUR FIGURE
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Creator Gender: None
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Location: Badung, Indonesia
  • Place Part Of: Indonesia
  • Physical Dimensions: h1367 mm
  • Classification: Ethnography
  • Type: Metal Work

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