Pair of pillow ends

Silver plates such as these provide embellishment for pillows and bolsters used for the bridal bed as well as for the bed of rajahs and sultans of various states. Pillow ends are rectangular in form, while bolster ends are either circular or octagonal such as this example. Their size varies according to the wealth and social status of the individual who commissions them. These plates are usually worked on relatively thin, silver plates, using chasing or repoussé techniques and sometimes open work. Their form whether round, octagonal or rectangular is repeated in the central panel, filled with and surrounded by a foliage design. Other motifs can include lozenges with a rosette in the centre.

20th century
Kampar, Perak, Malay Peninsula
Object size: L17.5 x W7.8cm
Accession No.
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum

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