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Kotaringin Sultanate

Last modified: 2002-10-19 by sam lockton
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There are many flags of Kotaringin Sultanate in Dutch East India (now Indonesia). I drew them some years ago, but a recent issue of Flagmaster (99) shows a plate provided by Armand du Payrat with some variations mainly in the colors. Shown here are my old drawings (some corrected) and others with the differences stated.
Jaume Ollé, 24 January 2001

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Sultan's Flags

[Kotaringin Sultanate]
by Jaume Ollé

Possibly the state flag on land.


[Kotaringin Sultanate]
by Jaume Ollé

Possibly the sultan's personal standard.


[Kotaringin Sultanate]
by Jaume Ollé

Variation from Flagmaster (99)


[Kotaringin Sultanate]
by Jaume Ollé

Flag for holidays. Flagmaster (99) shows the decoration in the red vertical band slighty different.


Sultanate ensign

[Kotaringin Sultanate Ensign]
by Jaume Ollé

Flagmaster (99) shows this flag mirrored (with the hoist at left side) - it is presumably the observe side.

Flagmaster (99) image (on right) shows the figures are white, except one that is red, and the frame is narrower.


Location of Kotaringin

Kotaringin was the name used by Dutch administrators in the 19th century. I suppose this was done to differentiate it from Kotawaringin in Banka island. However its real name is Kotawaringin, in southwest Kalimantan, on the Lamandau river. The present settlement was once the capital of an ancient sultanate. (cf. Indonesia handbook, 1989)

The Muslim sultanates in Dutch Borneo were used as buffer states between inland Dayaks and sea-faring peoples like the Buginese and Sulu-peoples. They were described as 'weak states', although there were fierce rebellions in the 19th century, which threatened the Dutch presence in the whole archipelago.
Jarig Bakker, 24 January 2001