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Title

Curtain with diamond pattern and ancestral figures

mid 19th century-early 20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This curtain would have been used to cover doorways or separate a room into sections. Usually, they are surrounded by a piece of plain cloth, but this example lacks that border. The textile is decorated with ancestral figures, diamonds with vegetal motifs, the elephant-bird ('saang hong'), a mythical animal associated with spirits and the heavens, and a fringe-like pattern ('soi saa') related to Thai and Cambodian textile designs. Continuous and discontinuous supplementary yarns of a variety of colours are used for most of the decoration. The base fabric itself has brown and purple warp threads, but every third warp yarn is pink. The wefts are burnt orange.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2011


Details


Other Title

Ceremonial door hanging with design of archaic figures on border


Place where the work was made

Northern Laos Laos


Date

mid 19th century-early 20th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

silk, aniline dyes; continuous and discontinuous supplementary weft weaving


Dimensions

76.0 x 175.3 cm


Credit

Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

227.2003