Pair of trays

This pair of gilded pagoda trays is made of wood, gold leaves and mother-of-pearl chips.Pagoda trays such as these are very rare because of their form. The exchange of wedding gifts was a very lavish affair for wealthy Peranakan families, who would have had a grand procession of servants bearing trays of symbolic gifts to be exchanged between the two families. These trays were probably used to store wedding jewellery.

Date/Period
Late 19th–early 20th centuries
Region
Singapore
Dimension
Object size: H59 x W42 x Depth30.5cm
Accession No.
2004-00106
Material
Wood, gold leaf and mother-of-pearl chips
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr and Mrs Morris Lee
Category
Woodcarving

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