Malay fishing boat model; Southern (peninsular) Thailand Wood and paint, 21″ long x 15″ tall to top of mast, commissioned 1986.

Reproduction of a type of highly decorated, ocean-going, fishing boat used in the Malay-speaking, Muslim region of far southern Thailand and northeastern Malaysia. The models are made by the same craftsmen who build the full-scale fishing boats. According to our informants, the models were traditionally used for pre-Islamic curing ceremonies.

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