Sacred heirloom banner (sarita)
- 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
- Cultural origin
- Dutch manufactured for the Toraja market
- 20th century
- cotton, indigo dyes; paste resist dyeing
- 32.0 x 597.5 cm
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
- Accession number
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