Lau hada are ceremonial skirts given to a bride as part of the marriage ceremony. The plain cotton ground cloth has been decorated with shells, beads and seeds to create the stylised shape of a standing male figure surrounded by patterns that could be abstract representations of animals. The figure refers to fertility and the continuity of life within the community.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011
mud stained cotton, shells, seeds and beads; appliqué
173.3 x 83.5 cm
Gift of Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter 2006
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
One hundred flowers (2011), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Sep 2011–15 Jan 2012