21 Jul '17, 1pm

[Exhibition: Tales of the Malay World: Manuscripts and Early Books from the 18th of August 2017 to 25th of...

[Exhibition: Tales of the Malay World: Manuscripts and Early Books from the 18th of August 2017 to 25th of...

The art of the Malay book is primarily a religious art, and the finest examples of manuscript illumination in Southeast Asia are found not in literary or historical works, but in copies of the Qur’an. Sumptuously illuminated Qur’ans were produced in certain artistic centres such as Terengganu and Patani on the east coast of the Malay peninsula, Aceh on the northern tip of Sumatra, and across the archipelago from Java to Sulawesi and the island of Sumbawa. Almost without exception, these exquisite works of art were anonymous, for Malay artists did not traditionally sign their artworks. However, in one finely illuminated Malay literary manuscript from the British Library currently on display in this exhibition – a copy of the Hikayat Nabi Yusuf , ‘The Story of the Prophet Joseph’, written in Perlis in 1802 – the artist has inscribed his own name, and his comments and annotat...

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