Sunday, March 1, 2015

25 - Mah Meri Art Gallery @ Yung Seng Souvenir Shop in Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia.

Welcome to discover these amazing carving @ Mah Meri Art Gallery !

Mah Meri Art Gallery is a museum-like gallery showcases a private collection of wood carvings carved by Mah Meri indigenous people, who lives in Carey Island, Selangor, Malaysia. We have hundreds of masks and statues on display.


Over the past 300 years, Mah Meri has expressed its beliefs and culture sculptures carved out of wood. All of these sculptures are made out of mangrove hardwood, namely the “ Nyireh Batu / Xylocarpus Moluccensis “. However due to land excavation and the spread of palm oil plantation in Carey Island, Nyireh Batu is becoming very scarce.

The Spirit "Tenung Jerat Harimau" by well-known artisan, Mr. Atan bin Seman.

Mah Meri spiritual wood carving is truly world class in the quality of its craft and artistry. Many of their carving have been awarded the SEAL of Excellence by UNESCO. The beauty of the carvings lies not only in the graceful curves of nyireh batu grains or the sheen of the wood, but also in its simple, yet highly sophisticated design and its cultural significance to the Mah Meri tribe. 

The Spirit "Harimau Berantai" with seven interlocking rings and a moving sphere in its mouth. Incredible Artwork!

The owner of the souvenir shop has collected over 30 years a beautiful collection of masks, statues and woodcarving of indigenous people of carvy island, Malaysia. it is exposed on a beautiful way which expresses a lot of love for the art work.


Fantastic collection of indigenous wood art, intricately carved by hand using only a chisel & mallet. Will become lost art, as a result of over-development and loss of skills between generations. Should be far wider known that it currently is, good luck with this project, I hope it becomes more widely supported. Worth making the effort to seeking this out if you're in the area.
Comment by – Jennifer Stewart

This gallery consists of a lot of big masks & statues carved by the Mah Meri tribe, the aboriginal people living in Malaysia. I am a Malaysian and I have never seen such a huge collection before, not even in our National museum. Perfect craftmanship. Can see how skillful the carvers are. I was told that these carvings have been awarded the Seal of Excellence by UNESCO.

All carvings are well arranged/displayed. The whole gallery looks like a museum! All in all, a wonderful and amazing collection. Highly recommended to pay a visit if you are in Cameron Highlands. If you love Art, you should never missed this. The owner is selling some of the smaller carvings too, but of course, not those in display cases.

Incredible collection of native wood art-an absolute must if visiting Tanah Rata. 
Ask in the Yung Seng shop next to the HSBC Bank, you won't be disappointed.
Comment by – Andrew

Add : Mah Meri Art Gallery,
         No 29 & 30, 1st Floor, Main Road, 39000 Tanah Rata,
         Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia.
E-mail : mahmeriartgallery@gmail.com & Tel : 05-4912031

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The Mah Meri will wear this intricately-carved masks to perform the historic Main Jo-oh dance for the annual Hari Moyang festival ones year in their village!