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Muzium Negara - Makara


The Makara, in Hindu mythology, is a mythical creature. It is usually the cohesion of the elements of the creatures which have special qualities.

This particular Makara is a cross between an elephant and a fish. Both these animals portray the power of the land and the sea. It is carved from a large boulder.

In those days, Makaras, which usually appear in pairs, were used as decorations. They would be placed at the main entrance of a building, especially at a candi.

This Makara was found at Kampun Sungai Emas, Kuala Muda. It is believed to be from the 7th Century AD.



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