An image of waistsash, breastcloth

Unknown Artist

waistsash, breastcloth

Location
Not on display
Further information

This striking and beautifully dyed 'ikat' cloth portrays a mythical creature in a greatly abstracted, rainbow-skinned, serpent-like form. The central design of multi-coloured squares arranged somewhat like a weaving pattern is bordered by diamond motifs which appear face-like. Such a design, probably derived from a pattern known as 'gigi barong' (the teeth of the auspicious and mythical 'lion' of Balinese Hindu legend known as the 'barong'), the form of which appears to have been greatly influenced by Chinese dragon imagery.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000

Place of origin
Bali, Indonesia
Year
circa 1900
Media
Textile
Medium
silk, natural dyes; weft 'ikat'
Dimensions
40.2 x 248.5 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
265.2000
Copyright
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