Cultural Instrument and Artifact
(11 June 2001)
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With it's multi-racial ethnic, Malaysia is blessed
with a rich culture, arts and heritage. Some of them are well
represented by cultural instruments and artifacts. These instruments
differ from one race to another.
Fish Trap 'Bubu', Coconut Grater 'Kukuran', Food Cover
'Tudung Saji', Bird's Cage 'Sangkar Burung', Beetle Nut Leaf
Arrangement 'Sireh Junjung', and Ember Container 'Bekas Bara', to name
a few, are some examples of such fine pieces of art works that has an
artistic and aesthetic values and beautifully handcrafted.
Some of these instruments are and were used in daily
life and even in religious activities such as weddings and medicinal
rituals. Whilst the Beetle Nut Leaf Arrangement 'Sireh Junjung', for
example, is still being widely used by Malaysian today as the main
gift that heads' the rest other gifts (Hantaran) in Malay wedding. It
is interesting to note that some of these cultural instruments like
Ember Container and Quail's Trap for example, which were used before
has now become a very important from of artifacts that add to our
cultural and visual art heritage.