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

Mohd Rohaizat Abdul Wahab, Zuliskandar Ramli, Mohammad Anis Abdul Samad, Nur Sarahah Mohd Supian, Muhammad Nu man Mohd Nasir, Siti Salina Masdey

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-380
Number of pages9
JournalPlanning Malaysia
Volume16
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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Keywords

  • Ancient symbol
  • Decorative arts
  • Ornamental arts
  • Stylisation
  • Traditional boat

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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies

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Wahab, M. R. A., Ramli, Z., Samad, M. A. A., Supian, N. S. M., Nasir, M. N. M. M., & Masdey, S. S. (2018). Ancient maritime symbols in Malay traditional boat in the East Coast, Peninsular Malaysia. Planning Malaysia, 16(1), 372-380.

Ancient maritime symbols in Malay traditional boat in the East Coast, Peninsular Malaysia. / Wahab, Mohd Rohaizat Abdul; Ramli, Zuliskandar; Samad, Mohammad Anis Abdul; Supian, Nur Sarahah Mohd; Nasir, Muhammad Nu man Mohd; Masdey, Siti Salina.

In: Planning Malaysia, Vol. 16, No. 1, 01.01.2018, p. 372-380.

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Wahab, MRA, Ramli, Z, Samad, MAA, Supian, NSM, Nasir, MNMM & Masdey, SS 2018, 'Ancient maritime symbols in Malay traditional boat in the East Coast, Peninsular Malaysia', Planning Malaysia, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 372-380.
Wahab MRA, Ramli Z, Samad MAA, Supian NSM, Nasir MNMM, Masdey SS. Ancient maritime symbols in Malay traditional boat in the East Coast, Peninsular Malaysia. Planning Malaysia. 2018 Jan 1;16(1):372-380.
Wahab, Mohd Rohaizat Abdul ; Ramli, Zuliskandar ; Samad, Mohammad Anis Abdul ; Supian, Nur Sarahah Mohd ; Nasir, Muhammad Nu man Mohd ; Masdey, Siti Salina. / Ancient maritime symbols in Malay traditional boat in the East Coast, Peninsular Malaysia. In: Planning Malaysia. 2018 ; Vol. 16, No. 1. pp. 372-380.
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