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Large Covered Tureen
2012-00832
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Large pieces of porcelain like this were rare and likely commissioned by the wealthiest Peranakan families.

History of the Object
This kamcheng is among the largest pieces produced for the Peranakan community. The pink ground is densely decorated with peony sprays and a phoenix in the green ogival panel. The knob on the cover takes the form of a lion-dog, and the three borders feature the Eight Buddhist emblems. The interior is decorated with five goldfish swimming among weeds. It belongs to the category of “Nyonyaware”, a class of export Chinese porcelain in the 19th to early 20th centuries made to suit the Peranakan taste of Southeast Asia. Nyonyaware of the 20th century is distinctive for its combination of bright colours, profusion of decoration and preferred motifs of peony and phoenix.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Porcelain 
Measurements
H 36 x Dia 35 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
Early 20th century 
Function
Kamchengs (covered tureens) are utilitarian vessels that range in size from nine to thirty-three centimetres.Large kamchengs served primarily as food vessels for festive occasions like weddings and birthdays. 
Acquisition
 
Copyright
Peranakan Museum, Singapore 
Acknowledgements
Jackie Yoong, Maria Khoo Joseph 
Owner
Peranakan Museum, Singapore 
Museum
Peranakan Museum, Singapore 
Credit line
Gift of Professor Cheah Jin Seng 

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