Old Sumba 'Lau hada'
- 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
- circa 1900
- cotton, appliqué shells, seeds and beads
- 173.3 x 66.5cm (edge to edge); 173.3 x 83.5cm (edge to tassel)
- Gift of Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter 2006
- Accession number