Songket chair cover

This is one of a pair of long purple and silver metallic thread chair covers with a dragon motif, symbolizing the male, and the eternity knot, a Buddhist emblem at the seat. At the top of the chair cover is the Chinese character for happiness as well as the motif of a bat, a symbol for prosperity. This would have been used together with a cushion cover to adorn chairs meant for important ceremonies during weddings.

Date/Period
Early 20th century
Region
Manado, Indonesia
Dimension
Gross measurement: 162.4 x 48.7 cm
Accession No.
2012-00658
Material
Velvet and metallic thread
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Credit Line
Gift in memory of Family Tan Tjien Sian, Manado.
Category
Textiles