The Palace – A Malay Intellectual Institution

The Malay palace in ancient times was a place where all kinds of saga, epic, poetry and classical literature were composed; it was a place where knowledge and life subjects such as customs, entertainment, genealogy, political affairs, palace customs and culture, medical knowledge in curing diseases, as well as the various cultures and norms of then societies were reported and documented. These precious historical accounts and records were documented in Jawi script and copied several times by the palace scribes and became important references at the time. Among the masterpieces produced were Sejarah Melayu, Hikayat Hang Tuah, Tuhfat al-Nafis, Bustanus Salatin and Hikayat Pahang. Excerpts of notable poems such as Syair Selindang Delima and Syair Siti Zubaidah have also been well-preserved to this day. Other works of art include music, textile, silver and copper art. Silver and copper utensils such as spoons, betel leaves container, rose water sprinkler, and the censer for example, were items often used in wedding ceremonies. The same may be used daily in households, or by some, as decorative items. Additionally, the palace also housed a wide collection of ceramics, mostly gifts received from traders from China, India, Japan, Britain and elsewhere.

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