Peranakan Museum

11/25/10

I took a trip to the Paranakan Museum earlier this week with fellow blogger notabilia to learn more about the Peranakans and their place in Singapore's history. Peranakans are people in Southeast Asia with mixed ethnic origins. Their ancestors were immigrants and traders who moved through Southeast Asia and eventually settled here. The largest group are the Peranakan Chinese, but there are also other ethnic groups such as Indian Hindu Peranakans (known as Chitty), Indian Muslim Peranakans (known as Jawi Pekan), and Eurasian Peranakans (known as Kristang; Kristang means Christian). 
A photo of the gate to the museum
This is a traditional blouse worn by Peranakan women, called a kebaya. They are pinned closed with brooches and worn with a skirt called a sarong. This one has a non-traditional pattern of bulls, matadors and flamenco dancers on it. East meets West.
Traditional porcelain vessels called kamcheng. This type of china is called Nonyaware.
 Fu Lu Shou, representing good fortune, prosperity and longevity.

Also currently on display at the Peranakan Museum is an exhibit called Ramayana Revisited: A Tale of Love and Adventure. The Ramayana is an epic poem from India about Rama, a prince, and his quest to save his wife Sita with help from an army of monkeys. The exhibit shows how the story is depicted using puppets, paintings and other objects from throughout Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, none of my photos turned out well because the exhibit was very dimly lit. I guess that means you'll have to check it out for yourself. 

7 comments:

  1. Great photos. Mine from that afternoon are crap. Guess that means I have to go back.

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  2. Mine were terrible from the Ramayana exhibit. So much camera shake!

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  3. Looks so lovely! I'll have to visit soon

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  4. Nice pictures, I'm going to have to visit this museum soon.

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  5. How lovely! it is always so nice learning about different cultures it all looks very interesting.

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