Temple hanging (pha pidan)
Object Place: Cambodia
202 x 89 cm (79 1/2 x 35 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk, uneven twill weave, weft yarn resist-dyed (hol, ikat)
Not On View
Temple hanging (pha pidan) of uneven twill-weave silk with design of three horizontal pictorial bands of temples (top), elephants (middle) and figures with bows and arrows mountained on mythical beasts (bottom) in violet-red (blue warp, red weft), purple, yellow, green and natural white.
Pidan, used as hangings, canopies or covers in a temple, are traditionally made of hand-woven silk and decorated with motifs and narratives relating to Buddhism and/or scenes from the life of the Buddha.
1925, purchased from or through Ananda Coomaraswamy (b. 1877 - d. 1947), Needham, MA, by the MFA. (Accession Date: January 8, 1925)
Harriet Otis Cruft Fund