Pillow end

This rectangular shaped ‘kepala bantal’ (the Baba Malay term for ‘pillow head’) is decorated with floral and bird motifs, was used by Peranakan Chinese to decorate the wedding bed. The use of such symbols of fertility reflects the desire for the new couple to have many heirs. It is believed that the ancestors of the Peranakan Chinese had adopted the use of pillow and bolster ends on the wedding bed from the local population. Aside from gilt silver, pillow ends may also be embroidered or made with beadwork.

Date/Period
Early 20th century
Region
Indonesia
Dimension
Object size: 9.6 x 15.0 x 0.7 cm
Accession No.
2002-00670
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Edmond Chin
Category
Silver