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Title

Peranakan wedding bed valance

early 20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This textile demonstrates the level of skill and artistry attained by Perankan embroiders in the 19th century. Peranakan culture was a fusion of the local Malay culture and that of the Chinese who primarily came to trade in Malacca beginning in the 15th century. Through the years further influences also came from other cultures including India, Portugal and the United Kingdom. This valance would have been the horizontal part of a traditional wedding bed canopy. Intricately embroidered with silk and gilt thread, it is patterned with colourful birds and butterflies. The decoration is auspicious, as is the original red background.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2008


Details


Place where the work was made

Malaysia


Cultural origin

Peranakan culture


Date

early 20th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

silk and gold thread embroidery


Dimensions

488.0 x 126.0 cm (irreg.)


Credit

Accessioned 2008


Location

Not on display


Accession number

422.2008



Place

Where the work was made
Malaysia