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Peranakan wedding bed

Peranakan wedding bed
(Ranjang kahwain)
(late 19th century-early 20th century)

hardwood, lacquer, gilt, paint, mother-of-pearl
(a-l) 246.0 × 229.0 × 83.5 cm (overall)
Place/s of Execution
Malacca / Penang, Malaysia
Accession Number
Asian Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Mr Tan Gim Ann, 1965
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Gordon Darling Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
The bed consists of a base, end panels, a cornice across the front and a roof. The bed is ornately carved with fertility symbols and auspicious motifs, including phoenixes, peonies, and the Daoist Eight Immortals. The wood is lacquered in red lacquer and the carved areas are gilded.