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Art and Artists in Malay Manuscript Books

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Speaker: Datuk Dr Annabel Teh Gallop

This talk will be conducted in English

The art of the Malay book is primarily a religious art. The finest examples of manuscript illumination in Southeast Asia are found not in literary or historical works, but in copies of the Qur’an. Almost without exception, these exquisite works of art are anonymous, for Malay artists did not traditionally sign their artworks.

However, the artist has inscribed his own name in one finely illuminated Malay literary manuscript from the British Library – the Hikayat Nabi Yusuf (The Story of the Prophet Joseph), copied in Perlis in 1802 – displayed in this exhibition. The artist's comments and annotations in the

text also shed invaluable light on the mechanics of the manuscript trade in the Malay Peninsula in the early 19th century.

Join Dr Annabel Gallop in this talk as she shares about the illumination of Qur’ans and other Islamic manuscripts.

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Annabel Teh Gallop is the lead curator for Southeast Asia at the British Library. Her main research interests are Malay manuscripts, letters, documents and seals, and the art of the Qur’an in Southeast Asia.

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