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Collection

An image of shouldercloth ('slendang') by

Java, Indonesia

Title
shouldercloth ('slendang')
Place of origin
JavaIndonesia
Year
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
Accession number
260.2000
Copyright
© Copyright reserved
Location
Not on display
Further information

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