Portrait of a Baba

This is one half of the ancestor portraits of a Peranakan Chinese couple from Penang. The man is dressed in a western-style suit, which was the typical formal clothes worn by the Peranakan Chinese in the early 20th century. The photos are still mounted in their original frame but it is not known who the couple is. Such portraits were hung in the halls of Peranakan homes to commemorate revered ancestors. They were usually taken shortly after marriage, then kept in storage and hung up only after the subjects were deceased.

Date/Period
Early-mid 20th century
Region
British Malaya and Singapore
Dimension
Object size: H: 76.0 x W: 65.5 x D: 4.7 cm
Accession No.
2008-06222
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Category
Paintings