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Title

'Penji' memorial grave marker


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

East Sumbanese tombs consist of a horizontal dolmen structure ('reti') and vertical grave markers ('penji'). The sculptural motifs on a 'penji' commemorate the life and achievements of the deceased. On the side of this sculpture is a weaver at her loom and a hunting scene. A snake and the potent mamuli design appear on the front. Mamuli are ritual objects invested with the capacity to mediate between the human world and realm of ancestral spirits. Invoking the form of the female generative organ, the motif is a powerful fertility symbol. A powerful crocodile crowns the penji stone.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2006.


Details


Place where the work was made

East Sumba Indonesia


Date

late 19th century


Materials used

stone


Dimensions

220.0 x 65.0 x 20.0 cm


Credit

Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2006


Location

Not on display


Accession number

378.2006



Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Nomadic Rug Traders (Editor), Newsletter, Sydney, 2006, 1(colour illus.). The colour illus. on page 1 is a detail showing the weaver at her loom.