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Title

Ceremonial hanging (palepai)

late 19th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

The ship is a vital symbol associated with the legendary travel of ancestors and the life journeys of individuals. In Sumatra rituals to mark significant events from birth to initiation, marriage and death are accompanied by ship imagery, often in the form of textiles. Large palepai cloths such as this are associated with nobility. Made by women, they were passed down from father to son in high-ranking families.

Here a large elaborate ship carries a fleet of smaller boats as well as two pairs of human ancestor figures atop elephant-like mythological creatures. Also present are bird and tree motifs linking the watery lower world to the upper world of the sky.


Details


Place where the work was made

Kota Agung Putihdoh region Lampung Sumatra Indonesia


Date

late 19th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

cotton, plant fibre, metallic strips, natural dyes; supplementary weft weaving, couching


Dimensions

54.0 x 268.0 cm


Credit

D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

116.2003



Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Susan Scollay, Hali, 'The Art of Half the World', pg. 110-111, Mar 2004-Apr 2004, 110 (colour illus.), 111. no.3

Jane Somerville, Look, 'All the Gallery's objects', pg. 10-11, Sydney, Apr 2006, 10 (colour illus.). The colour illus. on pg.10 is a detail of this work.

The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 345 (colour illus.). The colour illus. below on page 345 is a detail of this work.