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Collection

An image of Old Sumba 'Lau hada' by

Sumba, Indonesia

Title
Old Sumba 'Lau hada'
Place of origin
SumbaIndonesia
Year
circa 1900
Media category
Textile
Materials used
mud stained cotton, appliqué shells, seeds and beads,
Dimensions

173.3 x 83.5 cm

Credit
Gift of Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter 2006
Accession number
253.2006
Location
Not on display
Further information

Lau hada are ceremonial skirts given to a bride as part of the marriage ceremony. The plain cotton ground cloth has been decorated with shells, beads and seeds to create the stylised shape of a standing male figure surrounded by patterns that could be abstract representations of animals. The figure refers to fertility and the continuity of life within the community.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011

Exhibition history (1)

One hundred flowers (2011), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Sep 2011–15 Jan 2012