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Ceremonial hanging (palepai)

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Long, rectangular cotton cloth with design elements created by discontinuous supplementary weft patterning; primary design is of a pair of red ships with arching bow and stern, hulls decorated with yellow, blue, white spots and medallions, three architectural enclosures or shrines on deck which...

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By 1980, in the collection of the Martin and Ullman Artweave Textile Gallery, New York; purchased from Artweave Gallery by the MFA (Accession date: April 16, 1980)

Credit Line

The William E. Nickerson Fund No. 2

Ship cloth

Indonesian (Sumatran), Dutch colonial rule, mid-19th century

Object Place

Southern Sumatra (Lampong region), Indonesia


Overall: 73.7 x 382.3 cm (29 x 150 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton plain-weave ground with cotton discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts


Textiles and Fashion Arts