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Title

waistsash, breastcloth


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This striking and beautifully dyed 'ikat' cloth portrays a mythical creature in a greatly abstracted, rainbow-skinned, serpent-like form. The central design of multi-coloured squares arranged somewhat like a weaving pattern is bordered by diamond motifs which appear face-like. Such a design, probably derived from a pattern known as 'gigi barong' (the teeth of the auspicious and mythical 'lion' of Balinese Hindu legend known as the 'barong'), the form of which appears to have been greatly influenced by Chinese dragon imagery.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000


Details


Place where the work was made

Bali Indonesia


Date

circa 1900


Media category

Textile


Materials used

silk, natural dyes; weft 'ikat'


Dimensions

40.2 x 248.5 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

265.2000



Place

Where the work was made
Bali

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