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Title

scarf ('kata')

20th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

No image
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Tibet
    Date
    20th century
    Media category
    Textile
    Materials used
    silk; continuous supplementary weft weave
    Dimensions
    300.0 x 68.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    294.2000
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  • About

    The 'kata' or scarf is customarily used by Tibetans as an offering given in greeting. It is an auspicious symbol offered to mark the beginning of an auspicious enterprise or relationship and indicates the good intentions of the person offering it. 'Katas' are also offered to religious images such as images of the Buddha or to lamas and government officials. This particular ‘kata’ woven in fine Chinese silk is known as the 'dzod tak' characterised by the motif of the Buddhist symbols or 'ashtamangala'.' The design features the eight auspicious Buddhist emblems: the umbrella, the overflowing pot, the wheel, the lotus, the double fish, conch, infinite knot and banner.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Tibet