Bolster ends

This is a pair of beaded bolster ends, known as bantal panels with beads sewn on red velvet. The designs on the bolster ends are a pair of phoenixes flanking a large peony at the centre. This suggests that the bolster ends belonged to or were a gift for the bride. This is an important and diverse collection of Peranakan Chinese beadwork and embroidery from Indonesia. It contains unusual forms of beadwork and embroidery and are reflective of the fondness that Peranakan Chinese throughout Southeast Asia have for bright colours and ornate decorations.

Date/Period
Late 19th or early 20th century
Region
Indonesia
Dimension
Object size: Refer to parts
Accession No.
2015-02092
Material
Glass beads, cotton thread, velvet
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Category
Furnishings