This photograph depicts an artwork which is a poignant tribute to Samsui women – Chinese female workers who came to Singapore between the early 19th and mid-20th century. The sculptor Chng Seok Tin captured the handprints of a few surviving Samsui women by casting them in cement – a material of particular significance as the women had laboured as construction workers. A bust of a Samsui woman, sculptured by Chng, is shown wearing her signature rectangular headscarf. Physical dimensions of original: 1850 x 550 x 350 mm.
This digital copy © National Library Board Singapore 2008. The original work © Chng Seok Tin, 2001.