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Volume 11 – Number 7

Jul 1980

Lion City Lights

Catch on the Kelong

S’pore Sculptors Ng and Tan

Islamic Calligraphy

Ritual Art in Sri Lanka


Cover. A Sri Lankan baliya painting depicting the planet Venus. Such bali paintings are used in rituals performed to propitiate planetary deities and avert, their evil influences, particularly at times of illnesses. Photograph by Gamini Jayasinghe.


Singapore is the focus of several departments this month. Stones in the trees of Kusu Island, a pictorial look at Singapore City and visit to a kelong at Polongg Point offer glimpses of the land, while two of the country’s most prominent sculptors are profiled in ORIENTALIA and PORTFOLIO. Singapore food and Chinese immigrant society in the 19th century are topics of the books reviewed.


Islamic calligraphy is the subject of our extended HERITAGE entry. Mohamed Zakariya, the author and illustrator, is a calligrapher who left his native California in the early 1960s for Morocco to dedicate himself, as might his medieval counterpart, to the study of his art. The book from which the article is drawn was recently released by Georgetoen University Press.


Ritual art from Sri Lanka, a visit to a Zen Buddhist retreat in Thailand, palaces of Indian maharajahs, and a historical profile of Francis Light, founder of the British entrepot at Penang, await you as well.


Fred S. Armentrout



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