Inventory no.: 2644

Malay Brooch


Gilded Metal Brooch with Filigree & Inset with Semi-Precious Stones

Malay People, Malaysia

circa 1900

width: 6cm, height: 2.7cm

This small, elegant brooch is of gilded (gold plated) metal (probably silver) and is set with a central green stone and many clear intan stones amid scrolling applied filigree motifs. It is typically Malay in form and motif. The form is crescent-like but also in the shape of a stylised sukun leaf. The gilding appears to have been done with gold and suasa (gold-copper alloy) to provide a pleasing contrast.

There are no losses to the stones and no repairs. The brooch is stable and wearable.


Kassim Haji Ali, M., Gold Jewellery and Ornaments in the Collection of Muzium Negara Malaysia, Muzium Negara Malaysia, 1988.


UK art market

Inventory no.: 2644