Brooch

‘Kerosang’ are decorative sets of brooches used as fasteners on blouses or the ‘kebaya’. They are commonly found in a set of three, although sets of up to five does exist. These are possibly made of gold and the decorative motifs are floral in nature. The lack of diamonds in this set of jewellery may suggest the weaker socio-economic position of the user as Peranakan culture in the early 20th century emphasised conspicuous consumption and the open display of wealth. This kerosang is done in filigree work with ruby coloured gems.

Indigenous Name
Kerosang
Date/Period
20th century
Region
Kelantan, Northeast Malay Peninsula
Dimension
Object size: L25.2cm
Accession No.
XXXX-06384
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Silver

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