A Peranakan djati wood miniature bed for an Anak Ambar, a miscarried fetus
Indonesia, Peranakan Chinese, late 19th century

H. 41 x L. 48 x D. 32 cm

In the past Peranakan Chinese tended to believe that a fetus that did not grow or a miscarried fetus somehow remained alive and would eventually grow like a normal child into adulthood. Hence, besides providing this fetus with a bed complete with its accessories, they would also offer toys and perfumes. Furthermore, the Peranakan Chinese would even hold a ceremony to marry this ambar to another ambar.

Literature:
Lily Wibisono (ed.) et al., Indonesian Chinese Peranakan, a cultural journey, Jakarta, 2012, p. 206 (ill.)