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Water Container
Minangkabau People, Sumatra, Indonesia
late 19th century

height: 32 cm

This spectacular example of Minangkabau/Malay brassware cast using the lost wax process features repeated stylised bamboo shoots (pucuk rebung) filled
with floral motifs separated by raised triangular plaques and various other borders of flowers and geometric designs
.

Pucuk rebung
motifs are an identifying characteristic of Minangkabau and Malay brassware. They are also commonly used in Malay textile design and
woodwork.

Comparable examples are in the collections of the National Museum of Singapore and the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

References: Water containers and kendis with similar motifs appear in Singh, B., Malay Brassware, National Museum of Singapore, 1985, p. 24, and Islamic
Arts Museum Malaysia,
The Message and the Monsoon: Islamic Art of Southeast Asia, IAMM Publications, 2005, p. 203.

Inventory no.: 328

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