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Title : Top notch!
Medium : Softpastel on Pastelmat
Size : 30 x 40cm
References : Own imaginative composition
Series : Budaya (Cultural)
Inspiration and description: The Gasing or tops spinning, is a traditional game that has been popular among the Malays since the time Malaccan Sultanate (now the state of Malacca in Malaysia) in the 15th century. This is especially so amongst the villagers in the States of Kelantan and Malacca. Each season after the rice harvest, villagers will come together to challenge each other in an ultimate test of skill. The villagers believe that the spinning tops would help bring good harvest. Both adults and children can play the game. But bigger or giant top spinning is more of a game for adults than children. The ones used by adults are much bigger in size and can spin for some time whereas the one played by kids are much smaller. Different shapes of Gasing 1. Plate-Shaped 2. Heart-Shaped 3. Hat Top 4. Egg-Shaped 5. Berembang-Shaped The "Spinning Match", the one who can spin his top for the longest time wins the match. Once the top has been launched, the top is carefully scooped off the ground using a thin wooden bat. It will then be transferred to a little wooden surface and left to spin for as long as possible. The trick here is to ensure that the top doesn't topple during the transit. Tough as it may seem and unbelievably so, the current record stands at two hours. The "Striking Match" is far more exciting that the first. At least you won't need to stand there for hours watching a top spin and spin and spin. The "striking match" is as the name suggests. Each contestant must try to hit their opponent's tops so that the already spinning tops will topple and loses its balance and speed. The Gasing or top is usually made of wood or hard fruit, iron and lead. A huge top from Kelantan can weigh 4 to 5 kilograms while a smaller top, 0.1 to 0.5 kilograms. This inspired the creation of an egg-shaped gasing. Gasings today still come in the shape of a berembang fruit or an egg.
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