Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah
(18 July 2006)
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Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah
Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah was officially opened by HRH
Sultan Azlan Shah on 9 December 2003. Originally a palace called "Istana
Ulu", the gallery has been painstakingly restored to its former glory.
Now it houses and displays the history and milestones of the
illustrious life of HRH Sultan Azlan Shah, the 34th Ruler of Perak
Apart from its historical significance, the
magnificent building of Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah showcases a unique
fusion of architectural styles. Its roof bears the unique 'bumbung
limas' of Aches, an imposing pyramid-like roof structure, while its
overall shape is an aesthetic blend of local and colonial features. In
the initial construction stage, building material were sourced from
overseas - roof tiles from France while wall and floor tiles were
sourced from Italy - to complement local stones and the best of 'cengal'
and 'meranti' wood used for the roof trusses and beams.
Visitors to the gallery will first be awed by the
award winning landscaping, with lush plantings, water features and the
ample use of labu sayong, a pottery craft, exclusive to the royal
township of Kuala Kangsar. The 'centerpiece' fountain has water
gushing out from a series of five sayong vases, to cascade into a pool
that meander around the compound.
In the exhibit chamber dedicated to the showcase of
information and records on the ruling Sultans of Perak, there are
photographs depicting Istana Iskandariah circa 1897. The glory of the
Perak Sultanate at that time had been distinctly captured in a
photograph taken of Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah I with prominent
state-officials. The historical moment of the Installation of Almarhum
Sultan Idris Shah I was forever immortalized in another photograph
showing Installation Celebration held at the Residency Building in
Visitors to the gallery will get to see a replica of
Balairong Seri (the Throne Room) complete with the ceremonial regalia
used during the installation of HRH as the 34th Sultan of Perak, and
other ceremonial items used today when he holds court at Istana
Iskandariah. Visitors to the gallery too will get a closer look at
HRH's schooling days and his legal career at the Judiciary exhibit
chamber. Here, a portrait of HRH by world-renowned Malaysia artist
Ibrahim Hussein and also by other local artists, commissioned by the
Crown Price, takes pride of place.
Keris Taming Sari
Keris Taming Sari is one of the State Regalias and is
the ultimate symbol of the sovereignty of the State of Perak. The
entire sheath and handle is enveloped with golden leaves. It is made
of an alloy of 20 metal composites, said to come from bolts holding
Mecca's Holy Ka'abah gates. The Keris is said to possess supernatural
ability to rotate through the air in pursuit of its target. Keris
Taming Sari, the State Keris, is inherited by each Sultan of Perak
since Raja Mudzaffar Shah was installed as the first Sultan of Perak
Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah Building
This magnificent building of Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah,
houses and displays the history and milestones of the illustrious life
of HRH Sultan Azlan Shah, the 34th Ruler of Perak Darul Ridzuan.
Amongst the display in the exhibits are: The Genealogy of The Perak
Sultanate, The Royal Family, Chronology of HRH's career in the legal
service, HRH as the 9th Yang DiPertuan Agong, Installation Ceremony of
HRH as the 34th Sultan of Perak, HRH's Schooling Days, and HRH's
Collection of Gifts, Keris and Automobiles.
The Royal Aigrette, specially designed by Almarhum
Sultan Idris Murshiduladzam Shah I in the year 1911. Since the demise
of His Royal Highness in 1916, the Royal Aigrette has become part of
the Perak State Regalia and the Ruler's ceremonial dress.
|Date of Issue
||18 July 2006
||30 sen, 50 sen, RM1
||40 mm X 30 mm