Kencana Lepus : Lampung’s Authentic Traditional House
At a glance, one may not notice anything special about the house at Jalan Diponegoro No 56, in the Sukadana Village, of East Lampung Regency, Lampung province. However, the black painted house is actually one of Lampung’s authentic traditional houses which has been designated as a cultural reserve featuring collections and information on the cultural history of the province.
The 24 x 20 meter traditional house was built in the mid 17th century (1650), in the reign of Minak Rio Kudu Islam. Initially, the house was built of nangi wood without the use of any nail, and featured roof tiles brought especially from the city of Palembang in the neighboring province of Central Sumatra. At that time, the house was one of the largest and most luxurious in the region.
Today the house has undergone a number of renovations, however, its original and authentic architecture have been maintained. Nowadays, the house is under the care of Hj.Uzunuhir who is heir to the original owner of the house. She is the wife of the late Sultan Kencana, who initiated the transformation of the house to become Lampung’s House on Cultural Informatiion, carrying the name Kencana Lepus. The name “Kencana” itself was taken from the husband’s name, while “Lepus” was the title given to Hj. Uzunuhir.
The Kencana Lepus House on Lampung’s Cultural Information plays an important role in supporting the Lampung Museum as media to preserve some of the historical collections of the province. The traditional house gathers, preserves, and showcases some of the most valuable cultural items of Lampung, besides replicas, as well as provides information on all aspects of the culture of Lampung.
Among some of the most valuable collections are: an Al Qur’an printed in 1883, an early 19thCentury marble table, a Pepadun or throne from the 17th century, Semambu Ulung or rattan staff from the 17th century, payan spear also from the 17th century, and more. There are also collections that come from the daily life of Lampung such as the kendi or water jug, a torch lamp from the 19th century, wooden shoes from the 17th century, and more.
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