Chest of drawers, Indonesia



Richly crafted wooden peranakan chest of drawers with decoration of floral motifs and birds. Possibly part of an ameublement for a bridal chamber.

Indonesia, ca. 1900

Dimensions: 50 x 87 x 44 cm.

The Peranakans are an ethnic group defined by their genealogical lineage from the first waves of southern Chinese settlers to the ports of the Malay Peninsula and the Indonesian archipelago. Peranakan culture, especially in the dominant Peranakan centers of Malacca, Singapore, Penang and Medan, is characterized by its unique combination of ancient Chinese culture with the local cultures of the Nusantara region, the result of a centuries-long history of transculturation and interracial marriages (source wikipedia).