In this beginning of the year of Ox, we traced back what remains in Indonesia related to China. As early as the Han period, around 202 BC, merchants from China travelled to India through Indonesia. This little transit left so many traces; from food and batik influenced by the Chinese immigrants to Chinese potteries as the result of trades.
In the Indonesia archipelago, chinese pottery can be found in port cities. From Cirebon in Java to Singkawang in Kalimantan. From our cabinet, we have collected some pottery from China, many of them are from the Ming Dynasty. This is the period where chinese pottery was at its peak. Here, we present you this beauty from the past; of painful stories, of migration stories, of other stories on hiding identity and culture.
No more hiding for now,
we are unwrapping these treasures.
Decorated with Phoenix and Peony as a symbol of long life and matriarch, Family Rose is a type of ceramic set in a Peranakan house used in weddings – from Singapore, Malaysia, to Indonesia. What makes it special other than the decoration is the enamel base for Family Rose. They come in Chinese fortune colors; pink, green, and yellow.