Paisley shaped brooches (kerosang serong)
Straits Settlements, late 19th or early 20th century
Mark of xiang yi (祥益)
This is a set of brooches known in Baba Malay as kerosang serong. All three are richly set with rose-cut diamonds (intan in Baba Malay) and decorated with bats, which symbolise prosperity and good fortune, according to Chinese custom. Sets like this were popular in Penang and would have been worn by Peranakan women to fasten their kebaya or baju panjang.