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Catholic Altar Sideboard
2005-01479
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Altar sideboards of this size and quality are rare and what makes it more unusual is its conversion for Christian use. This piece of furniture tells the story of the spread and influence of Christianity in Singapore, particularly among the Peranakan Chinese of the early 20th century.

History of the Object
This is a rare example of a sideboard that was used by a Peranakan Chinese family in Singapore as a domestic altar. The family had converted from traditional Daoist deity and ancestor worship to Roman Catholicism. The altar, which bears typical Daoist motifs such as dragons, qilin, phoenixes and the three star gods of good fortune, prosperity and longevity (Hock, Lock, Siew) on the crown, was purchased in the 1920s. What makes it unusual, however, is the painting of the Christian Holy Family – Christ and his parents, Mary and Joseph – installed at the centre. This object is part of the story of the spread of Christianity in Singapore and the conversion of Peranakan Chinese from the early 20th century onwards. Many Peranakan Chinese contributed to the development of early churches in Singapore.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Gilded teak, paper, glass 
Measurements
332.5 x 186 x 71.5 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Singapore 
Geography
Singapore 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
Early 20th century 
Function
This altar sideboard was likely made either for the practice of Daoist deity worship or ancestor worship - the traditional religion of the Peranakan Chinese. However, the Peranakan family that owned the sideboard were Roman Catholics and adapted for Christian use.  
Acquisition
 
Copyright
Peranakan Museum, Singapore 
Acknowledgements
Maria Khoo Joseph 
Owner
Peranakan Museum, Singapore 
Museum
Peranakan Museum, Singapore 
Credit line
Purchased with funds from Friends of ACM through Gala Dinner 2005 

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