Masterworks in miniature: Malay seals from the Islamic world of Southeast Asia

November 14, 2019 - 6:30 pm


Attendance is by free ticket

York Islamic Art Circle – a talk by Dr Annabel teh Gallop (British Library).

Over two thousand Malay seals, defined as seals from Southeast Asia with inscriptions in Arabic script, are catalogued and described in the recently-published Malay Seals from the Islamic World of Southeast Asia (Singapore: NUS Press, 2019). These seals originate from the present-day territories of Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, and Indonesia, and the southern parts of Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines, and date from the late 16th to the early 20th centuries. This talk will focus on the artistic aspects of Malay seals, highlighting both deeply-entrenched indigenous aesthetic preferences, as well as tracing influences from the great Islamic empires to the west.