Cleaver

This is a 'golok', a kind of cleaver. Its special feature is that the blade gets broader and heavier towards the tip. The golok has a highly ornamented silver-covered sheath. Gardner, one of Raffles Museum's early collectors, obtained this item from a Mr George Dauberey, who told him that it once belonged to an important chief in Perak. This information is recorded in this museum’s collections register.Gerald Brousseau Gardner (1884–1964) was a colonial civil servant, a writer and occultist who travelled Southeast Asia extensively to add to his ethnograhical collection.

Indigenous Name
Golok
Date/Period
19th century
Region
Perak, Malay Peninsula
Dimension
Object size: XXXX-04630-002 47 x 10 cm, Object size: XXXX-04630-001 56 x 11 cm, Object size: 59 x 10 cm
Accession No.
XXXX-04630
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Acquired from G.B.Gardner, 1938
Category
Keris and Weaponry