THE three segments of a circular border which are reproduced in this Plate, are taken from a tray of cloisonné enamel – one of the most perfect specimens of modern enamel which has reached us from Japan. The accuracy and beauty of the design and execution are equal to anything we have seen in the finest old work; clearly proving, in this art at least, that in manipulative skill the Japanese artizan artists of to-day are not a whit behind those of by-gone times (jap. shippō-yaki).
THE dress of the Asiatics is at all times effeminate; and when boys are dressed for exhibition, as represented in the plate, there is nothing whatever, except the turban, to distinguish them from the other sex.
Indonesian Culture. Fabrics and Weapons of the Malays.
The Malay (Orang Melayu) are an ethnic group in Southeast Asia. They belong to the Austronesian ethnic groups and speak the Malay language, whose modern expressions are Malay and Indonesian. Today about 22 million people are counted among the Malay people, who mainly live on the Malay Peninsula, in the east of Sumatra and on the coasts of Borneo. The majority of the population are Malays in Malaysia (50.4%), in the Sultanate of Brunei (66%), in the three southernmost provinces of Thailand (66-80%) and in the Indonesian province of Bangka-Belitung (72%). The vast majority of Malays (> 99.9 %) are Sunni Muslims.