Elaine and Jim
This kettle would have been highly treasured as
an heirloom (a special object handed down through generations) or perhaps
in a dowry (a wedding gift from a bride's family to the groom's family),
and formed part of the traditional symbols of wealth and status of the
owner. It would have been used to serve drinking water during a wedding
or a major festival.
- Do you have any good luck charms? What are they?
Think of stories or cartoons where you may have heard of these animals:
dragon, phoenix, and goldfish.
- What special powers do they have in these stories?
- Does your family have special things that are 'kept for best'? On what occasions are they used?
- We know this kettle was made in Indonesia. Why do you think it has so many Chinese motifs?