Kamcheng

The origin of the word 'kamcheng' is uncertain. It has been interpreted variously as a Hokkien term for 'covered jar' or more literally, 'covered teacup'. In Mandarin, the term translates into 'gai zhong' (盖重, 'covered soup measure'). The kamcheng has various functions and was made in a wide variety of sizes and colours. In general, it was used for storing drinking water, soups, desserts, and pickles for special occasions. The miniature versions were used as cosmetic containers while the largest ones were reportedly used as decorative status symbols for wealthy families.

Date/Period
Guangxu period (1875-1908), Qing dynasty
Region
China
Dimension
Object size: H: 22.0 x D: 30.4
Accession No.
1996-01025
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs Khoo Soo Beow in memory of her husband
Category
Ceramics