An image of Sacred heirloom banner (sarita)

Unknown Artist

Sacred heirloom banner (sarita)

Location
Not on display
Further information

The 'sarita', a distinctive type of sacred textile (maa’) amongst the Toraja people of Sulawesi, were used in various ways: they were flown from tall bamboo poles before the house of a dead person, or wrapped around the head of the wooden effigy representing the dead. The 'sarita' is also significant technically because the designs were obtained by a resist process that must have resembled batik.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, July 2006

Place of origin
Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Cultural origin
Dutch manufactured for the Toraja market
Year
20th century
Media
Textile
Medium
cotton, indigo dyes; paste resist dyeing
Dimensions
32.0 x 597.5 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
279.2000
Copyright
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