Ceremonial shoulder cloth (kain selendang songket)

Indonesian (Sumatran, Malay)
Dutch colonial rule
19th century


Object Place: Palembang region, Sumatra, Indonesia

Dimensions

231 x 69 cm (90 15/16 x 27 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.661

Medium or Technique

Silk, metallic gold paper-wrapped silk thread, natural dyes; unbalanced plain-weave ground, discontinuous supplementary weft patterning in gold (songket)

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Rectangular red silk ground cloth with overall stylized floral and geometric repeating design motifs and deep border with interlocking triangles (tumpal) created by supplemental gold weft thread pattering. There is a twisted red silk fringe at each crosswise ends.

Provenance

1921, purchased by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (b. 1887 - d. 1947) for the MFA. (Accession date: April 7, 1921)

Credit Line

Marianne Brimmer Fund