This pair of richly decorated peafowl shaped silver bed hangings might be part of a wealthy Peranakan wedding dowry. Often such of these bed hangings were hung from the canopy of the wedding bed alongside with other bed ornaments.
Beside serving as decorative ornaments, these hangings were usually ritually purified to provide blessings for the newlywed couple. In the Chinese culture, peacock symbolizes beauty, purity, and protection. Wedding bed hangings in peafowl form are extremely rare and more difficult to find in comparison with the lotus shaped bed hangings. They were specially commissioned from an experienced and highly skilled silversmith.