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Title

'Phaa Koei' (Funeral banner) with 'tree of life' design

early 20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This funerary banner ('phaa koei') has been made in a style associated with Sam Nuea province in Laos. Such banners are hung in the cemetery for the duration of the funerary ceremony, which lasts for three to nine days depending on the wealth of the family. The decorative motifs include the tree of life, the double arrow, flowers, and birds, and they are woven with multi-coloured threads using the discontinuous supplementary weft technique. The warp threads are varying shades of a pinkish-brown, and the weft threads are varying shade of pinkish-red.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, October 2011


Details


Other Title

Ceremonial hanging with 'tree of life' design


Place where the work was made

Sam Nuea Laos


Cultural origin

Tai Daeng


Date

early 20th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

silk; discontinuous supplementary weft weaving


Dimensions

68.1 x 201.0 cm


Credit

Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

224.2003