Heirloom textile (Maa')

Indian for the Southeast Asian Market
14th century

Place of Origin: Sulawesi; Place of Creation: Gujarat, India


Height x width: 205 x 37 in. (520.7 x 94 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave, resist printed and mordant dyed

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ceremonial banner patterned with tree of life pattern repeated in two rows with smaller border below, resist dyed with indigo and madder


Before 1963 until about 1998, Frank Lakner, Indonesia and Switzerland [see note 1]; before 1998, sold by Lakner to Thomas Murray, Mill Valley, California; sold by Murray to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 12, 2007)

[1] Lakner lived in Indonesia between 1939 and 1963 when he moved to Switzerland and the textile would have been exported at that time or prior to it.

Credit Line

Museum purchase by exchange from general funds, Denman Waldo Ross Collection, The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection, Gift of Mrs. Francis B. Lothrop, Bequest of Forsythe Wickes, Gift of Mrs. Albertine W.F. Valentine, residuary legatee under the will of Hervey E. Wetzel, John Gardner Coolidge Collection, William Alfred Paine Fund, Gift of Charlotte Lyeth Burton, Gift of the Collection of Edward Jackson Holmes, Gift of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf, and Gift of Maxim Karolik, and Textile Curator's Fund