Portrait of a Peranakan woman in baju kuring

This portrait depicts a Peranakan Chinese woman wearing a silk dark baju kurung with her hair tied by in a sanggul (the Baba Malay word for hair bun). The baju kurung was a dress used by Peranakan Chinese and other Indonesian communities at the time, particularly Peranakans from Java.For Chinese Peranakans, ancestral portraits do not just seek to commemorate a death but serves the function of extending the presence of the deceased beyond death.

Date/Period
early 20th century
Region
Java
Dimension
Object size: 55.0 x 38.8 x 4.2 cm
Accession No.
2015-00509
Material
Pastel on photograph, wood, glass
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Category
Paintings