15 July 2013 – 16 March 2014
Silver, Room 66
This display explores the rich traditions of silver in the Malay world. Intricate ornament drawn from geometry and nature decorates dining vessels, clothing accessories and ceremonial regalia.
Silver from the Malay World features rarely seen collections acquired by three prominent colonial administrators, R.J. Wilkinson, R.O. Winstedt and Cecil Wray, who were stationed in British Malaya at the turn of the 20th century. The display also shows the V&A’s first ever acquisition of Malay metalwork: electrotype copies of the Perak royal regalia commissioned by the Museum in 1887.