Inventory no.: 1225

Malay silver – Riau


Large Silver Alloy Tray with Open-Work Edge

Riau, Indonesia

circa 1900

length: 49cm, width: 41cm, weight: 660g

This oblong platter or tray is of beaten silver-copper alloy that has been chased with intricate leaf and petal motifs around a central cartouche of a long kris crossed with its sheaf. Unusually, the rococo-style edge has open-work and is reinforced with carefully-shaped soldered silver-copper strips.

This type of silver-work comes from Riau, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, and was exported to Malay and related Islamic communities in Singapore, Malaysia and in the rest of Indonesia during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

This tray is an unusually large and fine example.


UK art market

Inventory no.: 1225