Tiffin carrier

This is a three tiered food container or ‘tingkat’. It was probably used to deliver food to customers or carried the lunch of workers. It is opened by unlocking a small catch on either side of the handle, then removing it. This piece is possibly made from enamel. This is a material made by fusing powdered glass to a substrate by firing, usually between 750 and 850°C. The powder melts, flows, and then hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating on metal. This piece is decorated with sprays of flowers and a butterfly set against a pink background. The words ‘salvation’ (‘slamat’) are painted in gold on the top and bottom faces of the container.

Early-mid 20th century
Straits Settlements
Object size: H: 33cm W:18cm
Accession No.
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Folklife Collection