Thursday, September 24, 2015

Slide Images for September 23

 Jeweled Malay Tobacco Box
Trengganu, Malaysia
18th Century

 Batik, with “megamendung” (cloud motif) design
Mid-20th century

 Head and Shoulder Cloth
Mid-20th century

Head Cloth
19th century

 Opening Pages of an Illuminated Qur’an Manuscript
Northern Sumatra
Early 19th century

 Serat Selarasa

19th century

Gold Keris
19th century

Terms of the Day for September 23

  • Batik – a technique of decorating textiles by applying wax to resist dye.
  • Barung –  a thick, leaf-shaped, single-edged blade sword. It is a weapon used by Islamic tribes in the Southern Philippines.
  • Keris – an asymmetrical dagger most strongly associated with cultures of Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.  It is famous for its distinctive wavy blade and elaborate decoration.

Slide Images for September 21

 A Gateway at Sendang Duwur
East Java

 Taman Sari

 Traditional Mosque with Tiered Roof
Palopo, Sulawesi

 Masjid Agung

Jami Masjid
Kuala Lumpur

Terms of the Day for September 21

  • Islam – a monotheistic religion articulated by the Qur'an.  The religion is based on submission to a single, indivisible God (Allah), whose Prophet, Mohammad, lived in the 6th and 7th centuries AD.
  • Qur’an – meaning “the recitation”, the central religious text of Islam, which Muslims believe to be the verbatim word of Allah. It is regarded widely as the finest piece of literature in the Arabic language.
  • Balai – a central public hall or meeting house found in many Malay and Indonesian villages which were often converted for Muslim worship.
  • Mosque – a place of worship for followers of Islam.
  • Minaret - the tall slender tower of an Islamic mosque, from which an announcer recites the call to prayer.