Pair of miniature kamchengs

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 like this example were used as cosmetic containers while the largest ones were reportedly used as decorative status symbols for wealthy families.

Date/Period
Late 19th-early 20th centuries
Region
China
Dimension
Object Size: Refer to parts
Accession No.
C-0824
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Category
Ceramics