Chettiar 'pettagam'

The ‘pettagam’ was essential in the ‘kittangi’ (Chettiar shophouse) for storing business documents, cash, accounts and personal belongings. The ‘kaipeti’ (hand-held box), ‘mejai peti’ (table box with slanted top) and the cotton bed roller for sleeping would be placed on top of the pettagam when the Chettiars closed the shop at the end of the day.

Date/Period
1930s
Region
Singapore
Dimension
Object size: H95.2 x W104.2 x D59.1 cm
Accession No.
2006-01665
Material
Merbau wood, iron
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Subbiah Lakshmanan
Category
Furniture