A pair of door curtains

This pair of door curtains is decorated with embroidered motifs of phoenix, peonies, qilin and the Hock Lock Siew. The phoenix is an auspicious symbol in the Chinese culture representing beauty, grace, high virtue, the bride and the Empress. Likewise, peonies are auspicious symbols that symbolise spring, love, beauty and good fortune. The qilin motif symbolises fertility and good fortune whilst the Hock Lock Siew represents good fortune, prosperity, and longevity. The lower section features beadwork and bead tassels hang from the bottom.The use of auspicious symbols usually associated with weddings in this pair of door curtains suggests that they may have been used in the wedding chamber.

Date/Period
Early-mid 20th century
Region
Malacca, Straits Settlements
Dimension
Gross measurement: Please refer to parts
Accession No.
2011-01942
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Category
Furnishings