Nonyaware plates were made in a variety of sizes – large platters, dinner plates, dessert dishes, plates, salad plates, and saucers. Most were purchased as part of dinner services, used for special occasions like the ‘tok panjang’ wedding feast. Wealthy families, who wanted special and unique pieces often commissioned items of rare designs or coloured grounds. Tok panjang refers to the long rectangular table often found in Peranakan Chinese homes.The term ‘makan tok panjang’ literally means to eat at a long table, to suggest dining at home during celebratory occasions.

Date/Period
Guangxu period (1875-1908), Qing dynasty
Region
China
Dimension
Gross measurement: H: 3.0 x Dia: 14.7cm
Accession No.
2006-00957
Material
Porcelain
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Ceramics