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Ceremonial hanging (palepai)

late 19th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Palepai (ceremonial hanging) with design of human figures holding flags and birds
    Place where the work was made
    Semangka Bay area? Lampung Sumatra Indonesia
    late 19th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    cotton, natural dyes; supplementary weft weaving
    82.0 x 257.0 cm
    D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2003
    Not on display
    Accession number

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  • About

    This palepai is decorated with a repeated motif of human figures holding flags and birds. Narrow stripes of ochre yellow frame the brown and indigo blue of the main design. The pattern is not as common as the ship motif. This textile is protected by the addition of red and blue pieces of fabric around the edges. Palepai were symbols of hereditary leadership and were passed down within families to the eldest sons of local leaders. The Semangka area follows Saibatin traditions characterised, in part, by hereditary chieftanships.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2011.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition