Malay arts : a perspective on the dimensions of creative expression = Kesenian Melayu : tinjauan pelbaga dimensi dalam pengucapan kreatif

TitleMalay arts : a perspective on the dimensions of creative expression = Kesenian Melayu : tinjauan pelbaga dimensi dalam pengucapan kreatif
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsOthman Y
EditorBennett J, Piper S
Book TitleCrescent moon : Islamic art & civilisation in Southeast Asia : seni dan peradaban Islam di Asia Tenggara
ChapterP. 102-119. : ill.
Pagination102-119
PublisherArt Gallery of South AustraliaNational Gallery of Australia
CityAdelaideCanberra
Call NumberM 2006 B 646
KeywordsAceh, Artifacts, Arts, cultural history, Excerpta Indonesica, INDONESIA, Islamic art, Jawa, KALIMANTAN, Malay, MALAYSIA, works of art
Abstract

This article presents an overview of Malay art forms, beginning with a discussion of Malay cultural values and discussing a variety of objects in which these values are expressed. Its scope includes both Malay art in the narrow sense from Malaysia and Indonesia, and works of art produced in the Malay-Indonesian world used or displayed in a Malay cultural setting, such as an 18th-century 'mimbar' (pulpit) made in Semarang, found at the oldest mosque in Melaka, ornate doors once in the possession of a royal family in Kalimantan, and 'batu Aceh', a unique style of gravestone made in Aceh for centuries and used to adorn the graves of royalty on the Malay Peninsula until their production ceased as a result of the Aceh war. It also discusses the role of Islam in Malay art, particularly with respect to the limitations on the reproduction of the human form, and the influence of Islamic calligraphy which also found expression in the Jawi script.