Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Thursday, June 26, 2008
The keris is an elongated dagger that has been in existence for over 600 years. It is used especially by the Malays in South East Asia and is believed to have enormous mystical powers. The keris is divided into three parts, the 'eye' which is the sharpest end of the weapon; the cover and 'hulu' or the body. It is now used more in traditional ceremonies and customs. The exceptional beauty of this collection is proof of the tremendous amount of skill and attentive care devoted towards producing this artistic creation.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The Betel Nut Chest is a type of container used to keep betel Leaves, Gambir, Areca, Nut, and the Gobek, a tool used for pounding the various ingredients needed when chewing the betel leaves. This chest ussually comes in three shapes-round, Square and oval and is a symbol of Malaysian culture and tradition. The square shaped chest is uniquely designed with motifs of leaves and flower and a brilliant finish enhances the beauty of the various shapes of the betel nut chest.
The biggest traditional fisherman's boat usually found in the State of Terengganu, facilitates deep sea fishing with the pukat payang, a large fishing net and hence the name Perahu Payang. The Fishing boat in brass suggests an extraordinary display of craftsmanship inspired by the centuries old tradition of boat building.
The incense burner is used traditionally in a palace to burn fragrances during official ceremonies. The original incence burner was crafted by a skillful craftman in a Terengganu farm using white copper or brass in the 1930s, depicting the brass technology at that time.
This first incense burner was then donated to the Sultan Abidin Mosque for religious ceremonies. In conjuction with the opening of the Terengganu state museum, it was then donated to the museum as a heritage product.
The replica depicts the original incense burner that can be found in the Terengganu Museum.