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Woman's ceremonial shoulder or skirt cloth (kain limar, selendang, sarong)

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Rectangular violet-red and metallic gold silk cloth with narrow hand stitched hems on each crosswise end. The primary design elements are a central field of an abstract mythical landscape (semen) of flowers, trees of life and wings of the Garuda bird in red, blue, green and natural white...

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Provenance

van Kerckhoff Collection purchased by MFA on July 17, 1930 Transferred from the Department of Asiatic Art

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund

Indonesian (Sumatran, Malay), Dutch colonial rule, late 19th to early 20th century

Object Place

Palembang, Sumatra, Indonesia

Dimensions

84 x 212 cm (33 1/16 x 83 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

30.821

Medium or Technique

Silk, metallic gold paper-wrapped thread, natural dyes; plain-weave ground, weft yarn resist-dyed (ikat), discontinuous supplementary weft patterning

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes