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Ikat from Kisar, Moluccas, Indonesia

102 Moluccas, Kisar

Homnon (sarong)  magnifiermicroscope

Origin: Moluccas, Kisar
Locale: Probably Oirata people.
Period: 19th c.
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, medium
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 58 x 122 cm (1' 10" x 4' 0")
Weight: 485 g (17.1 oz), 343 g/m2 (1.12 oz/ft2)
Design: Rimanu motif, reserved for aristocracy. Narrow horizontal bands with small squares and circles in brick red, two wider bands in solid indigo and two wider bands with rimanu motif: human figures standing with raised hands, birds (probably cocks, manu), and horses, ending in the base-mounted tumpal that is used throughout the southern Moluccas. Eight stripes decorated with right scalene triangles that are shared with Tanimbar, where they are called 'flags'.
Comment: Old piece in excellent condition, with what Fraser-Lu calls 'delightfully naive pictorial motifs in the form of human figures with huge outspread hands'. Note that on this cloth, unlike on PC 101 and 103, the raised hands have only four fingers.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Moluccas and Kisar.
Exhibited: Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, 2014/15
Published: Peter ten Hoopen, Woven Languages, 2014
Compare: 101 103 138 091 275
Literature: Very similar to 19th C. homnon in Granucci, Art of the Lesser Sundas, Fig. 107. Very similar to sarong in Khan Majlis, Woven Messages, Fig 311, similar to one on Fig. 310. Similar cloth in Tropenmuseum, Tillman collection. Also very similar to Pusaka Collection Nr. 101, 103 and 134.
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