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A slice of China

The exhibition which will continue from February 10 till 25 March will showcase an assortment of art objects including gold and diamond jewellery; belt buckles; porcelain; furniture and beadwork.

Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the Republic of Singapore will inaugurate the exhibition, The Peranakan World -Cross-cultural Art of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca, on February 10. He will be accompanied by Grace Fu, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs; Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, and Second Minister for Communications and Information; and  Rosa Daniel, Chief Executive Officer, National Heritage Board, Singapore.

“This is the first time that an exhibition on the Peranakan Chinese culture is being held in India. The objects at the exhibition, most of them dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, have been lent by Asian Civilisations Museum and The Peranakan Museum in Singapore,” said National Museum Director General Venu Vasudevan.

The Peranakan Chinese are descendants of southern Chinese traders who settled in Southeast Asia and married local women. Their culture is rooted in Chinese traditions, but with strong influences from Southeast Asia and Europe.  Peranakan art in this exhibition reflects these diverse influences. Chinese, Malay, Indian, and European cultures were fused into a distinctive style. The Peranakan phenomenon of blending different cultures and adapting to local situations retains its resonance today.

The exhibition will also showcase the Chinese porcelain specially made for Peranakan patrons. Peranakan porcelain, called “nyonyaware”, is characterized by vivid, contrasting colours. Buddhist emblems, mythical beasts, and flowers and birds, often within lobed panels, animate the surfaces.
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