Straits Chinese ‘kerosang’

The ‘kerosang’ is a set of brooches used by the Peranakan Chinese ‘nyonyas’ to fasten and adorn the front portion of the ‘baju panjang’ (long tunic) and ‘kebaya’ (form-fitting blouse). The ‘kerosang’ usually comes in sets of three. The older and more conservatively designed ‘kerosangs’ usually consist of either three identical circular brooches or in this case, a large heart-shaped brooch (as shown) usually accompanied by two smaller circular brooches.

Date/Period
Early 20th century
Region
Singapore
Dimension
Object size: L6 x B4 cm
Accession No.
1999-01475
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Chang Du Li
Category
Gold