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photoblog image Hang Jebat & Hang Tuah

Hang Jebat & Hang Tuah

This is a painting seen at the Istana Kesultanan Melaka [Palace of the Sultan of Malacca]. It shows two famous admirals of the sultan, Hang Jebat breathing his last in the lap of his killer, Hang Tuah.


What I gathered is that both of them were admirals and close friends. Hang Tuah was sentenced to death for an alleged affair with one female of the Sultan's retinue. Apparently, Hang Jebat was furious since there was no trial before the execution, and thus went on a rampage targetting the Sultan's courtiers. Unknown to him, Hang Tuah was actually safe, having been spared by the executioner. This news eventually reached the ears of the Sultan who granted a pardon to Hang Tuah and tasked him to kill Hang Jebat. That is exactly what he did after seven days of fighting. The dagger, a kris, seen at the bottom right corner is a supposedly magical weapon that once belonged to Hang Tuah and was bestowed upon Hang Jebat after the the former's apparent 'execution'. 

Hang Jebat & Hang Tuah

This is a painting seen at the Istana Kesultanan Melaka [Palace of the Sultan of Malacca]. It shows two famous admirals of the sultan, Hang Jebat breathing his last in the lap of his killer, Hang Tuah.


What I gathered is that both of them were admirals and close friends. Hang Tuah was sentenced to death for an alleged affair with one female of the Sultan's retinue. Apparently, Hang Jebat was furious since there was no trial before the execution, and thus went on a rampage targetting the Sultan's courtiers. Unknown to him, Hang Tuah was actually safe, having been spared by the executioner. This news eventually reached the ears of the Sultan who granted a pardon to Hang Tuah and tasked him to kill Hang Jebat. That is exactly what he did after seven days of fighting. The dagger, a kris, seen at the bottom right corner is a supposedly magical weapon that once belonged to Hang Tuah and was bestowed upon Hang Jebat after the the former's apparent 'execution'. 

comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Dec 2012, 01:04
Beautiful mural detail, Ayush.

The story has operatic splendour.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much Ray
Ray is spot on. Just imagine the dying aria!!
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Bill
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 26 Dec 2012, 06:06
This is dramatic, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: Yes very much so. Thank you very much
  • Helen
  • United States
  • 26 Dec 2012, 06:27
Beautiful and theatrical!
Ayush Basu: I thought so too. Thank you
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Dec 2012, 07:21
Does this mean things are never quite as they seem, Ayush?!
Ayush Basu: That is certainly one way of putting it Ginnie. Thank you
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Dec 2012, 08:34
I can hear the dying aria as I sit here Ayush!
Ayush Basu: It is a powerful painting Chris
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Dec 2012, 10:07
The story is full of intriguing twists and turns, right up to the detail of the kris.
Ayush Basu: You've said it Louis!
A fine painting and what a story, it would definitely make a good opera just as Ray suggests.
Ayush Basu: I am guessing it has been made into an opera.it has been definitely made into several films
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Dec 2012, 13:26
Lots of drama shown in this picture. Thank you for the text with it.
Ayush Basu: The story was quite fascinating for me too
A complicated story.
Ayush Basu: For me, it were the names that were complicating:-D
Wonderfully dramatic Ayush!
Ayush Basu: Yes that's a very accurate description.thank you Richard
A good drama, Ayush, both narrative and picture.
Ayush Basu: thank you Graeme
  • Anupam
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Dec 2012, 00:49
Nice dramatic shot Ayush.
Ayush Basu: Thanks Anupam
Amazing mural, Ayush. Fascinating story!
Ayush Basu: Glad you thought so Elizabeth, thank you

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