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'.
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