Temple hanging (pha pidan)

Cambodian (Khmer)
French Indochina
20th century

Object Place: Cambodia


202 x 89 cm (79 1/2 x 35 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, uneven twill weave, weft yarn resist-dyed (hol, ikat)

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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)

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund