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Title

shouldercloth ('slendang')

20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This distinctive indigo-dyed textile is decorated in a very tight and organic, yet stylised design. The most distinctive motif decorating this textile is the symmetrical fanned design symbolic of the mythical eagle known as the Garuda (sometimes identified as the 'mirong'). In this context, the Garuda represents the celestial realm, the heavenly realm of the cosmic mountain. Such cosmic patterns are usually associated with royalty.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000


Details


Place where the work was made

Java Indonesia


Date

20th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

cotton, natural dyes; batik


Dimensions

48.5 x 125.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

260.2000



Place

Where the work was made
Java