Woman's skirt (lau pahudu)
- 19th century
- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Homespun cotton
- Overall: 26 1/2 x 61 in. (67.31 x 154.94 cm.)
- Arts of the Pacific Islands
- Not On View
- CREDIT LINE:
- Dallas Museum of Art, the Steven G. Alpert Collection of Indonesian Textiles, anonymous gift
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The dominant motif of this superb supplementary warp skirt is a large and bold fish. It may represent a ray, which is distinguished from other fish with horizontally flat bodies by its forked tail. The lines shown inside the body probably represent bones. Accompanying the fish are two equestrian figures and two women wearing sacred mamuli ornaments. Horses are symbols of wealth and prestige.
According to the Sumbanese, fish and other aquatic creatures are associated with the underworld. Revered ancestors manifest themselves in fish.
Roslyn Adele Walker, Label text, 2013.