Back in January, Kai Wee was kind enough to point us towards the Malay Art Gallery at 31 Bussorah Street, a conservation shophouse near Haji Lane. We visited the shop then, but haven’t had time to write this up till now.
The Malay Art Gallery is a specialist in authentic traditional weapons from Southeast Asia such as the Keris, Badik, Parang, Golok, and Klewang. In addition, they also carry antique jewellery, traditional artifacts and heirloom.
The shop owner Adni turned out to be an extremely friendly and helpful gentleman, wise in his experience and generous in sharing his knowledge. The shop was established over three decades back in 1972 by Adni’s father, and today Adni actively collaborate with and advise even museums in Singapore and Malaysia on their collections and exhibitions.
Surprisingly, the second level of the shop also features several fossils of animal skulls (deer & buffalo), teeth (incld. stegodon & mammoth), and bones, fossil shells, and even two ancient human skulls! Most of these have been collected in the early ’80s from the Suka Bumi area of West Java. One of the Keris on display even features a beautiful handle made of Stegodon teeth (see below).
The Gallery used to have more specimens, but many of these have been sold over the years. If you do visit, ask Adni to show you the news clipping of mammoth remains his dad supposedly found in Singapore!
Walked away with a massive whale vertebrae. See close ups of some interesting items below: