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Title

Wedding bed valance

early 20th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

Alternate image of Wedding bed valance by
Alternate image of Wedding bed valance by
  • Details

    Other Title
    Peranakan wedding bed valance
    Place where the work was made
    Malaysia
    Cultural origin
    Peranakan Chinese
    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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • 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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Malaysia