AGE: – 19th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Wood & Lacquer
DESCRIPTION: – Peranakan Chinese Lacquered Gilded Offering Box Chanab – age related wear to lacquer & gilding otherwise good condition
HEIGHT: – 26cm
DEPTH: – 14cm
WEIGHT:– 1.55 kg.
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Rare six sided 19th Peranakan Chinese Lacquered Gilded Offering Box Chanab offering box. The outside of the box is lacquered in black and gold, with delicately gilded scenes from a bygone era.
The black lacquer casing covers an interior box intricately carved with scenes from dynastic China. The interior carved section is supported by six lion feet.
These boxes (Chanab) were made and used by the Straits Settlement Chinese immigrants who migrated to Malaysia and other parts of South East Asia from China in the 18th – 19th Century. this group of people are also referred to as Baba Nonya or Peranakanin Chinese.
Offerings of food is traditionally placed onto the three metal pieces on the top of the chanab and presented as offerings to the Heavenly Gods.
The Peranakan Chinese of Malaysia developed their own unique style, customs, housing and clothing. The best example of this culture can be found in Malacca and Penang in Malaysia, where the heritage of this bygone era is still abundantly evident.