Wedding bed

Peranakan wedding beds used in Malacca and Singapore comprised of two beds, one double and the other single. The use of the single bed may vary. During a wedding, it may be placed in front of the double bed and used as an extension. On ordinary days, it may be left undecorated and placed at the side. The form of these beds is Chinese and they were probably made in China. They are ornately carved with fertility symbols and auspicious motifs, including the phoenix, peonies and the Eight Daoist Immortals. The beds would be decorated with matching sets of embroidered textiles. On the bed textiles were blessings for the wedding couple, which conveyed the wish for many sons.

Date/Period
Early-mid 20th century
Region
Malacca, Straits Settlements
Dimension
Object size: H 235 x W 230 x D 147.8 cm
Accession No.
2011-01742
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Category
Furniture