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Malay people Ceremonial lustration bowl [timba bersiram] late 19th-early 20th century Place made: Brunei Darussalam
Materials & Technique: sculptures, metalwork ceremonial objects, silver; repoussé
Dimensions: 13.9 h 25.5 diameter cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2008
Accession No: NGA 2008.214.2

This intricately wrought Malay silver bowl displays a meandering cloud design [awan larat], winding between geometric bands, punctuated by alternating plain and decorated panels. It was apparently used on ceremonial occasions at Istana Terentang, having been brought to the Malay peninsula from Riau-Lingga during the reign of Sultan Ahmad Shah I. The workmanship, however, is similar to 19th-century Malay silverwork from Terengganu and Perak.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label