This rectangular embroidered panel is created using bead embroidery or threading. This is a technique where the coloured seed beads are stitched onto a base fabric using needle and thread. The main decorative motifs on this piece are flowers (possibly rose-like peonies) and birds. Peonies and roses were both symbols of wealth and luxury. Their conflation into a single flower could possibly represent change in the Peranakan way of life as a result of colonial influence.Such panels were usually used as table covers, panels for picture frames, as ornamental hangings, pillow and bolster cases among others.

Early 20th century
Straits Settlements
Object size: 21 x 37 cm
Accession No.
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum

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