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Collection

Tibet

Title
scarf ('kata')
Place of origin
Tibet
Year
20th century
Media category
Textile
Materials used
silk; continuous supplementary weft weave
Dimensions

300.0 x 68.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
294.2000
Location
Not on display
Further information

The 'kata' or scarf is customarily used by Tibetans as an offering given in greeting. It is an auspicious symbol offered to mark the beginning of an auspicious enterprise or relationship and indicates the good intentions of the person offering it. 'Katas' are also offered to religious images such as images of the Buddha or to lamas and government officials. This particular ‘kata’ woven in fine Chinese silk is known as the 'dzod tak' characterised by the motif of the Buddhist symbols or 'ashtamangala'.' The design features the eight auspicious Buddhist emblems: the umbrella, the overflowing pot, the wheel, the lotus, the double fish, conch, infinite knot and banner.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000