Friday, September 25, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Jeweled Malay Tobacco Box
Batik, with “megamendung” (cloud motif) design
Head and Shoulder Cloth
Opening Pages of an Illuminated Qur’an Manuscript
Early 19th century
- 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.
- 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.