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Lot 079

SYED AHMAD JAMAL, DATUK
b. Johor, 1929 - d. Kuala Lumpur, 2011

SET UNTUK KERIS II, 2007

Signed and dated 'A 07' (lower right), Inscribed 'set untuk 'KERIS'' (lower left)
Mixed media on paper
18cm x 27cm

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.


ESTIMATE  RM 7,000 - 10,000

PRICE REALISED RM 10,925

Illustrated on this sketch for a theater set design for Keris (2007) directed by National Laureate Datuk Syed Alwi Syed Hassan is a jawi script that reads Bakaba ( بكب ), which means storytelling or the Minangkabau oral literary performance. In the context of Keris, which tells a fictional tale of a village head named Waling Amri who finds a mystical rock and crafts it into a keris that is then transformed into his daughter’s alter ego, Keris is a folklore story of traditional values and supernatural being.


REFERENCE
Syed Ahmad Jamal: Pelukis, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2009.