Calligraphic panel

This wooden wall panel features a gold foliage scroll framing an oval medallion with carved Islamic calligraphy within and beneath it. The calligraphy is done with inlaid gold against a black ground. Although it is not quite clear when Islam first arrived in Southeast Asia, it first made significant impact on some Southeast Asian societies during the 14th- 15th centuries. Many of the first Southeast Asian communities which adopted Islam were coastal trading areas, such as Java.

Date/Period
Mid 20th century
Region
Java, Indonesia
Dimension
Object size: L54.2 x W34.7 x H4.1 cm
Accession No.
2000-05568
Material
wood
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Woodcarving