Key holder

This large silver key holder, known in Baba Malay as ‘ganshu konchi’, was worn as part of a man’s wedding costume. Designed in the form of a fish, it consists of a heavy silver clip which hooks to the belt, and a silver ring onto which keys would be attached. Often, the attached keys were not functional, merely symbolic, implying the husband’s mastery of the household.

Date/Period
Early-mid 20th century
Region
Straits Settlements
Dimension
Object size: 6.3 x 2 x 1.4 cm
Accession No.
XXXX-07675
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Silver