Collection Number 50
Title Sakera ditarik kereta api/Sakera pulled by a train
Time 1945 Circa
Time Acquisition 1995
Place Madura/East Java, Indonesia
Place of Acquisition Imam Antique Shop, Bondowoso, East Java, Indonesia
Name Painter (Place and Year of Birth-Death)
Size 64cm x 30cm
History (Colonial Times)
Current Location Bangkok, Thailand (Home)
Description Sakera is a heroic (pre-independence) freedom fighter. Born in Sampang, Madura, he used the clurit (sickle) as a symbol of resistance of commoners against Dutch colonizers (while for the Dutch the clurit was a weapon of criminals). According to popular history Sakera had the soul of a knight and was not afraid to fight the Dutch. Also, it is told that Sakera defended the weakest: he took from the rich to give to poor people in Sampang.

In Madura/East Java many glass paintings portray Sakera with the typical Madura red-and-white stripe shirt in various poses. In this painting Sakera is portrayed as being tortured by being pulled by a train, while in the background a Dutch colonial police agent run after

a fugitive. On the express train is written “Tindakan ekspres djalan 100, nasip sudah P. Sakera” (liberally translated as “The express train runs at 100 km per hours and Sakera already met his fate/died”