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Title

Palepai (ceremonial hanging) with design of human figures holding flags and birds


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This palepai is decorated with a repeated motif of human figures holding flags and birds. Narrow stripes of ochre yellow frame the brown and indigo blue of the main design. The pattern is not as common as the ship motif. This textile is protected by the addition of red and blue pieces of fabric around the edges. Palepai were symbols of hereditary leadership and were passed down within families to the eldest sons of local leaders. The Semangka area follows Saibatin traditions characterised, in part, by hereditary chieftanships.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2011.


Details


Place where the work was made

Semangka Bay area? Lampung Sumatra Indonesia


Date

late 19th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

cotton, natural dyes, and continuous supplementary weft decoration on a plain weave foundation


Dimensions

82.0 x 257.0 cm


Credit

D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

117.2003



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history