This porcelain spoon comprises of a simple oval shaped scoop with a handle and gilt-edged rims. It is decorated with motif of a phoenix. The phoenix is an auspicious symbol in the Chinese culture representing beauty, grace, high virtue, the bride and the Empress. Such overglaze polychrome enamelled porcelain or Nonyaware could be part of the elaborate 'tok panjang' dinner service which refers to dining at home on special occasions. Such a dinner service could comprise several hundred to several thousand pieces of plates, bowls and spoons of varying sizes.

Date/Period
Mid-late 19th century
Region
China
Dimension
Object size: H4.5 X W4.2 X D12.9
Accession No.
2011-02660
Material
Porcelain
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Agnes Tan Kim Lwi in memory of Tun Tan Cheng Lock.
Category
Ceramics

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