Malay woodcarving as decoration on traditional boats in Peninsula Malaysia

Nik Hassan Shuhaimi Nik Abdul Rahman, Othman Yatim, Mohamad Zain Musa, Zuliskandar Ramli

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Abstract

In the Malay world, the word perahu in Malay/Indonesian language generally refers to water transportation regardless of its size. To differentiate the types of perahu, another word is added to the word perahu such as perahu jalur, perahu kolek and so on. Traditional perahu are boats without engines and may have sails. The sources of information on types of traditional Malay perahu can be found from the study of classical literature, museum exhibits, ethnography and samples which can still be seen along the coast. Perahu are decorated by painting or woodcarving. Today, a decorated perahu is usually a perahu used as fishing boats in the East Coast of the Malay Peninsular that is Terengganu, Kelantan and Southern Thailand. The decorations can be found in seven parts of the boats namely; Bangau, Okok, Cagak, Koyang Ekor, Kepala (head) and Caping. The motifs or themes of carvings or decorations are characters from wayang kulit (shadow puppet theatre), myths, legends, flora and fauna and usually in a stylised form.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-105
Number of pages6
JournalSocial Sciences (Pakistan)
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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  • Malay
  • Malay Peninsular
  • Perahu
  • Wayang kulit
  • Woodcarving

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Malay woodcarving as decoration on traditional boats in Peninsula Malaysia. / Abdul Rahman, Nik Hassan Shuhaimi Nik; Yatim, Othman; Musa, Mohamad Zain; Ramli, Zuliskandar.

In: Social Sciences (Pakistan), Vol. 8, No. 2, 2013, p. 100-105.

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Abdul Rahman, Nik Hassan Shuhaimi Nik ; Yatim, Othman ; Musa, Mohamad Zain ; Ramli, Zuliskandar. / Malay woodcarving as decoration on traditional boats in Peninsula Malaysia. In: Social Sciences (Pakistan). 2013 ; Vol. 8, No. 2. pp. 100-105.
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