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