A pair of bed window covers

This pair of bed window covers is decorated with embroidered motifs of phoenix and peonies. The phoenix is an auspicious symbol in the Chinese culture representing beauty, grace, high virtue, the bride and the Empress. Likewise, peonies are auspicious symbols that symbolise spring, love, beauty and good fortune. It also features a deer which symbolises wealth and achievement. This bed window covers may have been used to decorate a Peranakan wedding bed. Wedding beds were one of the largest pieces of furniture in wealthy Peranakan families, and could be part of the wedding trousseau.

Date/Period
Early-mid 20th century
Region
Malacca, Straits Settlements
Dimension
Gross measurement: Please refer to parts
Accession No.
2011-01943
Material
cloth
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Category
Furnishings