Covered tray

This type of lacquerware was produced in the port city of Palembang, located in the upper reaches of the Musi River in South Sumatra. It was traditionally made by the city’s Peranakan Chinese community, which can trace its history back to before the voyages of the Chinese Admiral Cheng Ho in the 15th century. Palembang lacquerwares were widely traded across much of Southeast Asia and were popular among Chinese and non-Chinese alike.

Date/Period
Early-mid 20th century
Region
Palembang, Sumatra, Indonesia
Dimension
Object size: 21.6 x 32.8 x 32.8 cm
Accession No.
2008-06041
Material
Lacquerware
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Credit Line
Courtesy of Madam Chia Kim Eng c/o Kenneth Ong (son)
Category
Lacquerware