A visual analysis of Malay wood carving motifs in Istana Lama Seri Menanti, Negeri Sembilan / Noor Aisyah Omar

Omar, Noor Aisyah (2014) A visual analysis of Malay wood carving motifs in Istana Lama Seri Menanti, Negeri Sembilan / Noor Aisyah Omar. Degree thesis, Universiti Teknologi MARA.


Malaysia is a country that has a lot of wood where there are about 3000 species of
wood in the country. Wood carving is significant craft in the Malay architecture ofthe
former Pattani region stretching from north-eastern states of Peninsular Malaysia to
southern province of Thailand (Ismail Said, 2001). Two Malay craftsmen named
Kahar and Taib was carved the wood in Istana Lama Seri Menanti. The craftsman
named Kahar was awarded the title of Dato' Panglima Sultan by Tuanku Muhammad
for his services. (Arkib Negara Malaysia, 2013). In Malay woodcarvings, the main
categories of motifs popularly used are flora, fauna, geometry, calligraphy, cosmic
and mystical Istana Lama Seri Menanti was built in 1905 and complete at 1908. They
have 99 pillar that represent 99 juak-juak hulubalang Negeri Sembilan and 4 pillar in
the middle is represent Empat Orang Besar Istana (Orang Empat Istana). It has 55 to
60 motif of wood carving in Istana Lama Seri Menanti include the pillar, door and
windows. From 99 pillar, 52 pillar have a woodcarving all motifs are different in each
pillar. Wood carving in Istana Seri Menanti Negeri Sembilan is a tradition that we
need to preserve for young generation for they to know the origin and uniqueness
tradition in Negeri Sembilan. The different about the motif is part of their creativity
when their build that palace. All the motif in the wood carving is also have their own
meaning and used for their tradition.


Item Type: Thesis (Degree)
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Omar, Noor Aisyah
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > Architectural decoration > Woodwork
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts > Decoration and ornament. Design > Other arts and art industries > Woodwork > Wood carving > Collected designs
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Melaka > Alor Gajah Campus > Faculty of Art and Design
Keywords: Wood carving, Istana Seri Menanti, visual analysis, carving motif
Date: 2014
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/14466
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