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Title

Shouldercloth (slendang)

20th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Java Indonesia
    Date
    20th century
    Media category
    Textile
    Materials used
    cotton, natural dyes; batik
    Dimensions
    51.5 x 244.6 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    261.2000
    Copyright
    © Copyright reserved

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  • About

    This indigo-dyed textile decorated with an organic stylised design, depicts the chevron peaks of mountain ranges associated with the cosmic Mount Meru of Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Incorporated into this landscape scene are buildings, possibly shrines - places of magical power and divine revelation. The most distinctive motif decorating this textile, however is the symmetrical fanned design symbolic of the mythical eagle known as the Garuda (sometimes identified as the 'mirong'). In this context, the Garuda represents the celestial realm, the heavenly realm of the cosmic mountain. Such cosmic patterns are usually associated with royalty.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Java