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Ikat from Bangka, Sumatra, Indonesia

070 Sumatra, Bangka

Limar (shawl)  magnifier

Origin: Sumatra, Bangka
Locale: Bangka, probably Muntok village, Malay people.
Period: 1750-1825
Yarn: Silk, hand-spun
Technique: Weft ikat
Panels: 1
Size: 56.5 x 146.5 cm (1' 10" x 4' 9")
Design: Kain limar (shoulder cloth) from Bangka, probably Muntok, or from Palembang on Sumatra, executed in fine silk with gold songket (brocade). Ikated central field, badan, with floral motifs elaborately framed in supplementary weft with gold thread. Tumpal style kepala (end borders).
Comment: Ancient and extremely fine example of the traditional high status shoulder cloth of this region. A true pusaka (heirloom). Gold songket border slightly frayed on six spots due to unfolding and refolding over some two centuries. Natural dyes.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Sumatra and Bangka.
Exhibited: Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, 2014/15. Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery, 2017.
Published: Peter ten Hoopen, Woven Languages, 2014, Carpet Collector 1/2015
Compare: 069 147 205
Literature: Khan Majlis (Wege zu Goettern und Ahnen), fig. 110, 114, 116. Also Gittinger, Splendid Symbols, Fig. 65. Very similar to National Gallery of Australia NGA2000.925, and also similar to NGA2000.870. Similar (especially in condition) to somewhat less richly decorated 18th C. limar in Yale University Art Gallery.
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