Teacup

Teacups are among the most common items found in Nyonya wares made from overglaze polychrome porcelain. This piece has everted gilt-edged scalloped rims. The decorative motifs include butterflies of different colours and wing patterns as well as flower blossoms. These are set against a rose pink background. The colour, in the Peranakan culture, symbolises happiness, longevity, youthfulness and innocence. Also, butterflies and flowers together signify marital bliss and fidelity.

Date/Period
Late 19th-early 20th century
Region
Kuala Lumpur, British Malaya
Dimension
Gross measurement: H: 5.0 x Dia: 8.2 cm
Accession No.
2009-03029
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Sunny Chan Hean Kee
Category
Ceramics