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Title

Ceremonial skirtcloth (Lau hada)

circa 1900


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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


Details


Date

circa 1900


Media category

Textile


Materials used

mud stained cotton, shells, seeds and beads; appliqué


Dimensions

173.3 x 83.5 cm


Credit

Gift of Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter 2006


Location

Not on display


Accession number

253.2006



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