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An image of Palepai (ceremonial hanging) with ship design by
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Kota Agung, Putihdoh region, Lampung, Sumatra, Indonesia

Title
Palepai (ceremonial hanging) with ship design
Place of origin
Kota AgungPutihdoh regionLampungSumatraIndonesia
Year
late 19th century
Media category
Textile
Materials used
cotton, plant fibre, metallic strips, natural dyes, and continuous and discontinuous supplementary weft decoration on a plain weave foundation, couching
Dimensions

54.0 x 268.0 cm

Credit
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2003
Accession number
116.2003
Location
Not on display
Further information

This palepai is typical of the Kota Agung/Putihdoh region in the southern part of Lampung province. The central panel is surrounded by the typical heavy border of the region. It has several bands of patterning, including blue scroll-work that is also common on tampans. The boat is carrying a fleet of smaller boats, as well as human figures riding stylized elephants and abstracted bird and tree-like motifs. Metallic strips couched onto the surface of the fabric with plant fibre yarn enhance the colourful design. Red, blue, and yellow natural dyes are popular on palepai and tampans from Lampung. Palepai were symbols of hereditary leadership and were passed down within families to the eldest sons of local leaders.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2011.

Bibliography (3)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 345 (colour illus.). The colour illus. below on page 345 is a detail of this work.

Susan Scollay, Hali, 'The Art of Half the World', pg. 110-111, Mar 2004-Apr 2004, 110 (colour illus.), 111. no.3

Jane Somerville, Look, 'All the Gallery's objects', pg. 10-11, Newtown, Apr 2006, 10 (colour illus.). The colour illus. on pg.10 is a detail of this work.

Exhibition history (1)

Symbols and Ceremonies: Indonesian Textile Traditions, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 2006–28 May 2006