Inventory no.: 857 SOLD

Malay Silver Bowl & Cover


Malay Silver Bowl with Cover (Batil Ber Totop)

Riau, Indonesia

18th-19th century                                       

height: 16cm, diameter: 16.5cm, weight: 210g

This bowl, of hammered, based silver alloy, is of a type that seems to have been manufactured in Riau (near Singapore) and exported to the rest of the Malay world.

Of spherical form, in two halves, it sits on a slightly splayed plain foot. The rest of the bowl and cover is decorated in typically Malay form with scrolling foliage borders, and radiating petal motifs. The cover has a central roundel in which a

kris (traditional Malay sword with a wavy blade) is crossed with its scabbard. This motif is repeated to the underside of the base.

The bowl and cover are in fine condition with no cracks or holes. The cover fits very tightly to the base.


covered bowls of similar form are illustrated in Khir Johari, ‘Masakan asli Melayu, milik bangsa lain?’ in Manja (Singapore), January 2010.

Inventory no.: 857 SOLD