Coffins on show at Malaysian National Museum

The National Museum of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur has just opened an exhibition on coffins, featuring funerary material from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.

3,000-year-old coffin on show
The Star, 30 March 2010

Coffin exhibition opens at National Museum
New Straits Times, 01 April 2010

A 3,000-year-old coffin and another worth about half-a-million ringgit will be on display at the National Museum.

They are among the 30-odd coffins that are part of an exhibition, themed Traditions and Mysteries.

The attractions include a “Niah boat” coffin that dates back to Neolithic times, a gold-plated modern Chinese coffin, a buffalo-shaped coffin from Indonesia and a 100-year-old kerusi mayat (coffin chair) from the Philipines that was used to dry the bodies of respected noblemen until only the bones remained.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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