, Lidded bowl [mangkuk bertudung] [bowl] Enlarge 1 /1
Malay people Lidded bowl [mangkuk bertudung] [bowl] late 19th-early 20th century Place made: Riau-Lingga archipelago, Indonesia
Materials & Technique: sculptures, metalwork, silver-copper alloy Acknowledgement: Purchased 2008
Accession No: NGA 2008.213.A

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 as 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