SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Collecting Malay Silver at the V&A

Sau Fong Chan (Victoria & Albert Museum, London)

Date: 6 March 2013Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 6 March 2013Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B111

Type of Event: Seminar

This paper will provide an introduction to the Malay silver collection (from Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Singapore) of the V&A.  It will focus on some rare electrotype copies of the Perak royal regalia commissioned by the V&A in 1887, in addition to pieces that were previously acquired by three prominent colonial administrators who stationed in British Malaya at the turn of the 20th century. In this paper I will explore the production and patronage of this particular silver craft, as well as the design, decoration and usage of silver in the Malay world drawing attention to the V&A's important collection.

Organiser: Crispin Branfoot

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