WAN AAINAA NADIAH BT AHMAD AZLY
The Malay Tradition, 2005
Acquired from Valentine Willie Fine Art Gallery label on the verso
Mixed media on canvas
61 x 61 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 2,200 – RM 3,500
Entitled The Malay Tradition, 2015, this painting by Wann Aainaa Nadiah, as its moniker indicates, presumably reflects the art of meminang and bertunang. Featured in the work is a diamond engagement ring, teapot and cloth with distinct Malay motifs.Also known as the the proposal and engagement, an elder family member of the man’s family will pay a visit to the bride’s family to seek her hand in marriage. The bride will be given ample time to decide, as Malay culture teaches them to not rush into decisions when it comes to choosing a life partner. Once accepted, both families will exchange betrothal gifts before the senior female member of the groom’s family presents the engagement ring to the bride. After that, the groom gifts the bride’s family with duit hantaran (bride price). Usually, a big feast will be held to proclaim and celebrate their engagement.