An image of Ceremonial hanging (palepai)

Unknown Artist

Ceremonial hanging (palepai)

Other titles:
Palepai (ceremonial hanging) with design of human figures holding flags and birds
Location
Not on display
Further information

This palepai is decorated with a repeated motif of human figures holding flags and birds. Narrow stripes of ochre yellow frame the brown and indigo blue of the main design. The pattern is not as common as the ship motif. This textile is protected by the addition of red and blue pieces of fabric around the edges. Palepai were symbols of hereditary leadership and were passed down within families to the eldest sons of local leaders. The Semangka area follows Saibatin traditions characterised, in part, by hereditary chieftanships.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2011.

Place of origin
Semangka Bay area?, Lampung, Sumatra, Indonesia
Year
late 19th century
Media
Textile
Medium
cotton, natural dyes; supplementary weft weaving
Dimensions
82.0 x 257.0 cm
Credit
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2003
Accession number
117.2003