|Sumatra, Indonesia, circa 1900|
This model village of fine filigree silver with remnants of red staining comprises six pieces: a village headman's house (rumah besar), a mosque with a multi-tiered roof typical of the region (missigit), a smaller house, two rice barns (rankiang) and a buffalo and cart.
Each piece reflects traditional Minangkabau architecture, with roofs that sports multiple spires, which represent buffalo horns; buffaloes being integral to Minangkabau agriculture and commerce.
|Models of Minangkabau villages usually were made of cast brass. A silver and gold filigree version was presented to the Dutch royal couple in 1904 - a set that is illustrated in Wassing-Visser (1995, p. 147.)|
The Minangkabau are a Muslim people who inhabit West Sumatra. Unusually, they are matrilineal - inheritance is through the oldest daughter and they are matrilocal - sons-in-law reside with their wife in the wife's parent's home. Significant numbers of descendants of Mingankabau settlers also live in Malaysia's Negri Sembilan state where they continue with their traditional culture and still speak Minangkabau dialect.
References: B., Malay Brassware, National Museum of Singapore, 1985Wassing-Visser, R., Royal Gifts from Indonesia: Historical Bonds with the House of Orange-Nassau (1600-1938), Waanders Publishers, 1995.
|Provenance: These pieces came from the collection of Gladys Palmer Brooke, the former Dayang Muda or Sarawak (the consort of Raja Bertram Brooke, a former heir apparent to the line of 'White' Rajas of Sarawak.). The Brooke family of Sarawak were a curiosity among Britain's empire. Originally from England, they ruled Sarawak as a private fiefdom from 1841 to 1946.|
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