CHINESE DÉCOR AND MOTIFS IN THE INTERIOR DECORATION: A STUDY ON THE OLD MOSQUE IN MALACCA IN THE EARLY 18th CENTURY

Syaimak Ismail, Mohd Sufiean Hassan

Abstract


This study focused on the Chinese motifs and interior decoration in the mosques in Melaka in the 18th century. The acceptance of the influence of Chinese decorative and motif in the construction of mosques by the people of Malacca at that time was interesting. The mosque is an important place for Muslims and thus to ensure the appearance and majestic architecture of the mosque at the time they use Chinese motif and architecture. Chinese motifs and decorative carved on the mosque’s wall shows the freedom and openness of the society. Although symbols and motifs very close to the beliefs and culture of Chinese, the people of Malacca still accept it. With sculptures and Chinese patterns in mosques in Melaka, prove that Islamic societies understand the truth meaning of Islam and this religion can be practiced by all people regardless of race and nation.

Keywords


Chinese décor; motif; mosque

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