An image of Old Sumba 'Lau hada'

Unknown Artist

Old Sumba 'Lau hada'

Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Place of origin
Sumba, Indonesia
Year
circa 1900
Media
Textile
Medium
mud stained cotton, appliqué shells, seeds and beads,
Dimensions
173.3 x 83.5 cm
Credit
Gift of Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter 2006
Accession number
253.2006