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

Sam Nuea, Laos

Title
'Phaa Koei' (Funeral banner) with 'tree of life' design
Other titles:
Ceremonial hanging with 'tree of life' design
Place of origin
Sam NueaLaos
Cultural origin
Tai Daeng
Year
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
Accession number
224.2003
Location
Not on display
Further information

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