International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Local Genius of Mambong Pottery in Kelantan, Malaysia
Dr. Tajul Shuhaizam Said, Dr. Harozila Ramli, Dr. Mohd Fauzi Sedon

Art in Malay culture traditionally existed alongside with the invention of utility items. Traditional pottery known for its utility functions has integral with local genius aspects. This paper focuses on the documentation and in-depth study of the local genius of the Mambong pottery. The tradition of Mambong village pottery is traceable to 1868. Situated on the banks of the Galas River, Kelantan, Kampung Mambong with its two hundred and thirty eight years pottery tradition is a rather unique phenomenon. It has produced pieces such as smoke container, round bottom water jar, squat water vessel, vessels with handles, earthenware pot, steam pot that suggest skilful dexterity in handling the medium of clay in response to physical and spiritual needs. Mambong pottery expresses the knowledge of forms and their functions but something of the sense of genius, as well. It is time that the local genius of Mambong pottery is highlighted, its use and significance elaborated, and the tradition appreciated.

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