Chettiar ‘pettagam’

The ‘pettagam’ (storage chest) was essential in the ‘kittangi’ (Chettiar shophouse) for storing business documents, cash, accounts and personal belongings. The ‘kaipeti’ (hand-held box), ‘mejai peti’ (table box with slanted top) and the cotton bed roller for sleeping would be placed on top of the ‘pettagam’ when the Chettiars closed the shop at the end of the day. The Chettiars of Singapore operated their money-lending business up to the late 1970s at Market Street.

Date/Period
1940s
Region
Southeast Asia
Dimension
Object size: H34.1 x W98.8 x D58.3 cm
Accession No.
2006-01665-002
Material
Merbau wood, iron
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Category
Furniture