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Title

shouldercloth ('slendang')


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This indigo-dyed textile decorated with an organic stylised design, depicts the chevron peaks of mountain ranges associated with the cosmic Mount Meru of Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Incorporated into this landscape scene are buildings, possibly shrines - places of magical power and divine revelation. The most distinctive motif decorating this textile, however 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

51.5 x 244.6 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

261.2000



Place

Where the work was made
Java