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Ikat from West Timor, Timor, Indonesia

031 Timor, West Timor

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Origin: Timor, West Timor
Locale: Niki-Niki region of Amanuban.
Period: 1940-1950
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, medium
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 110 x 129 cm (3' 7" x 4' 2")
Weight: 615 g (21.7 oz), 217 g/m2 (0.71 oz/ft2)
Design: Central field decorated with anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures in white on indigo. The lozenge-shaped motif on the left side represents a crocodile. The one-eyed human figure has a wide distribution in the archipelago and is probably ancient. The oppositional placement of human figures with heads (nearly) touching is found in various parts of western Timor, but probably most common in Amanuban and Amanatun.
Comment: Unusual arrangement of motifs that belong to the regional vernacular. All natural dyes except a few pinstripes in red, yellow and green letros, silk, a few threads wide. The ikat work is exceptionally good, with clear delineations of the motifs and no noticeable capillary seepage of the indigo dye. Ex collection August Flick.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Timor and West Timor.
Exhibited: Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery, 2017.
Literature: Similar stylisation of crocodile in Yeager and Jacobson, Textiles of Western Timor, Fig. 47L. Human figures similar to some of those in Fig. 46.
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