Ceremonial textile (palepai), cotton, Lampung Region, Sumatra, Indonesia, 1850-1900.

Made in Lampung, Indonesia, 1850-1900.

Rectangular shaped woven home spun cotton textile with supplementary weft in earth colours of dark blue, browns, red and rich yellow. Features various ship symbols which relate to life-crisis ritual.

Summary

Object No.

A10554

Physical Description

Rectangular shaped woven home spun cotton textile with supplementary weft in earth colours of dark blue, browns, red and rich yellow. Features various ship symbols which relate to life-crisis ritual.

Dimensions

Width

700 mm

Production

Notes

This rare palepai is decorated with rows of stylised human figures standing in ships. The ship is a symbol of transition in many parts of Indonesia. Ship cloths are present during the rites of passage such as birth, circumcision, tooth-filing, marriage and particularly funerals, when the ship transports the soul of the deceased onto the next realm. Palepai also feature in ceremonies declaring the rank of Paminggir leaders.

This textile was made 1850-1900.

Made

1850-1900

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1984

Acquisition Date

24 July 1984

Cite this Object

Harvard

Ceremonial textile (palepai), cotton, Lampung Region, Sumatra, Indonesia, 1850-1900. 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 16 October 2018, <https://ma.as/170203>

Wikipedia

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