An image of Palepai (ceremonial hanging) with ship design

Unknown Artist

Palepai (ceremonial hanging) with ship design

Not on display
Further information

This palepai is typical of the Kota Agung/Putihdoh region in the southern part of Lampung province. The central panel is surrounded by the typical heavy border of the region. It has several bands of patterning, including blue scroll-work that is also common on tampans. The boat is carrying a fleet of smaller boats, as well as human figures riding stylized elephants and abstracted bird and tree-like motifs. Metallic strips couched onto the surface of the fabric with plant fibre yarn enhance the colourful design. Red, blue, and yellow natural dyes are popular on palepai and tampans from Lampung. Palepai were symbols of hereditary leadership and were passed down within families to the eldest sons of local leaders.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2011.

Place of origin
Kota Agung, Putihdoh region, Lampung, Sumatra, Indonesia
late 19th century
cotton, plant fibre, metallic strips, natural dyes, and continuous and discontinuous supplementary weft decoration on a plain weave foundation, couching
54.0 x 268.0 cm
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2003
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