Ceremonial cloth (pua)

Indonesian, Borneoan, Dayak, Iban
early 20th century

Object Place: Borneo, Indonesia, Sarawak


Length x width: 208.6 x 89.2 cm (82 1/8 x 35 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave, ikat-dyed

Not On View



Natural color cotton cloth with red and black patterning, ground color predominately a rust color. Stripes along sides and fringe on two ends. Crocodiles, leeches, birds and anthropomorphic figures decorate the central field. Pieced together through center.


May 4, 2002, sold by Hurst Gallery, Cambridge, MA, to Clifford S. Ackley, Boston; 2016, gift of Clifford S. Ackley to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 14, 2016)

Credit Line

Gift of Clifford S. Ackley in honor of Joan Wright