A Reconstruction Study on the 30-Wheeler Ceremonial Vehicle of Melaka Sultanate


Mustaffa, Fauzan and Zainal Abidin, Mohamad Izani and Othman, Muhammed Fauzi (2022) A Reconstruction Study on the 30-Wheeler Ceremonial Vehicle of Melaka Sultanate. International Journal of Technology, 13 (6). p. 1354. ISSN 2086-9614

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Portuguese historical sources mentioned the existence of a 30-wheeler ceremonial vehicle that belonged to the Sultan of Melaka embedded in the 1511 war narrative. This report documented several measurements on the vehicle but was rarely analyzed academically. This project's fundamental goal was to reconstruct the arguably historical and extinct vehicle. It employed narrative analysis in dealing with textual clues involving components and measurements of the vehicle. Moreover, each component was carefully scrutinized as an integrated whole. Visual anthropological research was applied to cross-compare related historical visuals involving a Dutch Melaka sketch of a similar concept vehicle. It also investigates the route to where the vehicle was driven which has direct and indirect implications on its design. Subsequently, design thinking was applied to pursue the design process to achieve the research’s reconstruction objective. The analysis and design process of the reconstruction consider the context in which the vehicle was used. According to the findings of this study, this Malay Sultanate ancient vehicle has a unique form and has complex mechanical design and maneuvering capability. Nevertheless, it is not comparable to the Malay royal vehicles that existed during the Dutch Melaka period. The study has limitations since it relies on English translation in dealing with ancient Portuguese texts. The long-term goal of this reconstruction study is to promote historical Melaka identity tourism, which is in line with SDGs 8.9 and 11.4.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 30-wheeler ceremonial vehicles, 15th century Melaka sultanate, Melaka sultanate land vehicle, Melaka sultanate technology, Melaka sultanate
Subjects: T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Divisions: Faculty of Creative Multimedia (FCM)
Depositing User: Ms Nurul Iqtiani Ahmad
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2022 08:35
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 08:35
URII: http://shdl.mmu.edu.my/id/eprint/10800


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