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Malay people Ceremonial lidded vessel [cepu] 1850-1925 Place made: Malaysia
Materials & Technique: sculptures, metalwork ceremonial objects, silver; repoussé
Dimensions: 25.0 h 21.0 diameter cm ; weight 414 gm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2010
Accession No: NGA 2010.134

Food offerings are an integral part of most traditional Malay ceremonies, including weddings and various royal celebrations. This silver lidded food container (cepu) is decorated with delicately crafted repoussè. Traditional motifs such as the heart-shaped bodhi leaf [corak daun budi] are combined with meandering tendrils and leaves, reflecting the influence of the British colonial period. Since the stem of the cepuis wrapped with a yellow cloth when used in royal ceremonies, it is often undecorated.


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