Lacquered bamboo basket

This black and gilded 'bakul siah' or lacquered bamboo baskets are decorated with Chinese figurative scenes. Such baskets were used to transport valuable wedding gifts during the lavish Peranakan 12-day wedding. These baskets would often be commissioned or purchased from China for the wedding and used in pairs. They would often contain items such as silk and cotton garments, beadwork, jewellery and other auspicious items and were possibly used in the 'lap chai' or gift exchange ceremony.

Date/Period
Late 19th-early 20th century
Region
China
Dimension
Object size: H 43.3 x W 33.5 x D 30.5 cm
Accession No.
2011-02990
Material
Bamboo, lacquer
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr and Mrs Lee Kip Lee
Category
Lacquerware