The website of the Peranakan Mansion states: "At the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, the typical home of a rich Baba of a century ago is recreated to offer a glimpse of their opulent lifestyle and of their many customs and traditions. With over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles of the era on display, this Baba-Nyonya museum is also housed in one of Penang’s heritage mansion of eclectic design and architecture."
Thus, I was looking forward to spending a few hours celebrating my ethnic heritage and perhaps evoking some childhood memories.
As it turned out, the Peranakan Mansion was conveniently within walking distance from the Swettenham Cruise Terminal where our ship docked.
|Impressive carved screens near the entrance|
|The central airwell - and looking up towards the second storey|
|We arrived just as a tour of the Mansion by this gentleman was about to start.|
|One of the many rooms, with furniture inlaid with mother-of-pearl|
|Looking towards the central airwell|
|Looking down the airwell. Know what's on the table?|
|On the table were these cards, which as a child, I remember my mother playing with other female relatives. Check out this link.|
|Display cabinet with the nonya crockery|
|Vessel for drinking water|
|The beaded slippers of the nyona ladies|
|The beads with which these slippers were made|
|The kebaya for the younger ladies|
|And the baju panjang for the older ones|
|The Mansion has an adjoining building which houses the family altar.|