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late 19th century
height: 32 cm
This spectacular example of Malay brassware cast using the lost wax process features repeated stylised bamboo shoots (pucuk rebung) filled with floral motifs
separated by raised triangular plaques and various other borders of flowers and geometric designs.
Pucuk rebung motifs are an identifying characteristic of Malay brassware. They are also commonly used in Malay textile design and woodwork.
Comparable examples are in the collections of the National Museum of Singapore and the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.
References: Water containers and kendis with similar motifs appear in Singh, B., Malay Brassware, National Museum of Singapore, 1985, p. 24, and Islamic
Arts Museum Malaysia, The Message and the Monsoon: Islamic Art of Southeast Asia, IAMM Publications, 2005, p. 203.
Inventory no.: 328
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