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Water vessel

Water vessel

  • Place of origin:

    Sumatra (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, chased

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by E.S. Wilkinson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    South-East Asia, Room 47a, case 18

Physical description

Water vessel without top, called kelalang in Siak. Fluted and chased silver. An incised inscription records that it was the property of the Yam Tuan Mangkubumi of Siak in A.H. 1292 (1875/6 A.D.).

Place of Origin

Sumatra (made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver, chased

Marks and inscriptions

'Yang punya kelalang ini Yam Tuan Mangkubumi kepada tahun 1292 sanah'
'The owner of this vessel is Yam Tuan Mangkubumi, in the year 1292' (AD 1875/6)
The inscription was translated by Dr. Annabel Gallop, Curator of the British Library, in 2011.


Height: 30 cm, Width: 20 cm

Object history note

IS.250 to 451-1950 and IS.1 to 7-1952, came from the collection of Mr. Richard James Wilkinson (1867-1941), who was formerly Deputy Governor of the Straits Settlement (1911 to 1916) and later Governor of Sierra Leone (1916-1922). He had acquired a collection of mostly Malay silverware and goldware, niello work, arms, etc. in Singapore and the Federated Malay States, which on 23 June 1919 was lent to the Indian Section of the V&A with the possibility of later making a bequest. A second loan of Malay brasswork followed on 31 October 1921. A total of 209 pieces were finally bequeathed to the V&A on 26 October 1950 following the death of his widow, Mrs Edith Sinclair Wilkinson.

Descriptive line

Water vessel (kelalang), chased silver, from Siak, Sumatra, Indonesia, 19th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Gallop, Annabel Teh. Malay seal inscriptions: a study in Islamic epigraphy from Southeast Asia. [Ph.D. thesis]. School of Oriental and African Studies, Unviersity of London. 2002.

Labels and date

Water Flask
The shape of this vessel exactly copies pottery vessels from the
same area. The inscription records that it was the property of
the regent of Siak in 1875.
Indonesia (Siak, Sumatra)
Bequeathed by E.S. Wilkinson
Museum no. IS.253-1950 [14/06/2011]

Production Note

From Siak.








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