This bowl is an example of Peranakan Chinese porcelain or Nyonya ware made from overglaze polychrome enamelled porcelain with gilt edged rim. It carries the shop mark “Zhou Shun Xing zao”. The exterior of the piece is decorated with a large peony spray in shades of pink and white. Peonies are symbols of spring, love, beauty and good fortune. The rim is decorated with a pink border with symbols from the Eight auspicious Buddhist emblems such as the Wheel of Law. These are interspersed with trailing ribbons. These emblems represent all manner of good wishes. In a Peranakan household, such a bowl could have been used to serve main dishes cooked with gravy or creamy glutinous rice or juice based desserts.

Late 19th-early 20th century
Kuala Lumpur, British Malaya
Gross measurement: H:6.4 x Dia:14.0 cm
Accession No.
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Sunny Chan Hean Kee