Java, possibly Semarang, late 19th century
Silk velvet embroidered with metal purl, sequins, and glass beads; attached gilded metal pendants
Peranakan Museum [2000-01386]

Semarang, a major port on the north coast of Java, had a sizeable Peranakan Chinese population. This panel, possibly from the area, must have been a doily or cover for the trays or boxes for the wedding gift exchange between the bride’s and groom’s families.

Perhaps inspired by batik designs, the coiled creature at the centre of the panel resembles a centipede rather than a dragon.


  • Title: Dowry tray cover

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