Asian

Skirt

Artist: Unknown
Culture/People: Taman Dyak
Place: Southeast Asia
Media: Beads and pineapple fiber
Dims: 14.7 x 32.5 in. (37.3 x 82.5 cm)
Date: c. 1875 – early 20th C.
RTC No: AS0025
Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011

Description

This panel features two design elements classic to Taman beadwork. In the center, are two rows of “kaletau”, human figures thought to represent ancestors or protective spirits. The top and bottom sections are stylized double “aso” motifs; the “aso” being a dragon motif with protective powers. “Kaletau” motifs are said to be reserved for the aristocratic class.

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