This textile follows the format of more elaborate Balinese skirtcloths or hangings ('saput songket / kampuh songket'). It is decorated with a repeated motif of paired figures standing in profile holding an archer's bow, interspersed with a large floral motif. The motif of figures in the distinctive wayang 'kulit' or shadow puppet style probably draws its imagery from the Hindu epic, the Ramayana.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000
cotton, natural dyes, supplementary weft weave
105.2 x 156.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Not on display
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Where the work was made
Referenced in 1 publication
Robyn Maxwell, Textiles of Southeast Asia : tradition, trade and transformation, Canberra, 1990, 188.