Ancient maritime symbols in Malay traditional boat in the East Coast, Peninsular Malaysia

Wahab, Mohd Rohaizat Abdul and Ramli, Zuliskandar and Samad, Mohammad Anis Abdul and Supian, Nur Sarahah Mohd and Nasir, Muhammad Nu Man Mohd and Masdey, Siti Salina (2018) Ancient maritime symbols in Malay traditional boat in the East Coast, Peninsular Malaysia. Planning Malaysia, 16 (1). pp. 372-380. ISSN 1675-6215, DOI

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The study on decorative arts in Malay culture has been widely discussed by domestic and foreign researchers. However, dedicated discussions on decorative arts on traditional Malay boats are still lacking. This article will discuss the discovery of ancient symbols, which was once used in Malay traditional boat arts, especially in the East Coast, Peninsular Malaysia. The objective of this study is to draw a similarity in the understanding of maritime society around the world about the use of ancient symbols on their boats. This study used a visual analysis approach based on the findings of images resembling ancient symbols that were found in boat decorations around the world. These symbols will be described by their meaning and relevance through the use of the iconographic method. The results of this study reveal the understanding and beliefs of maritime communities around the world that are almost identical in terms of their ancient symbols. One of the artistic uniqueness produced by the Malay community is the creation of ancient symbol in a distinctive way and it is also an iconic feature that is connected to the Malay sailor community in the East Coast.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Ministry of Higher Education, and The National University of Malaysia (UKM): research grant DCP-2017-008/1 and TD-2014-005
Uncontrolled Keywords: decorative arts; ornamental arts; traditional boat; ancient symbol; stylisation
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Divisions: Academy of Malay Studies
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2019 03:07
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2019 03:07

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