, Ceremonial cloth and sacred heirloom [mawa or ma'a] Enlarge 1 /1
traded to Toraja people, Sulawesi, Indonesia Ceremonial cloth and sacred heirloom [mawa or ma'a] 18th century Title Notes: with a battle scene from the Hindu epic, the Ramayana with Rama, Hanuman and the Monkey Army defeating the multi-headed demon king Ravana and the forces of Lanka. Weapons depicted include flying arrows, bows, tridents, clubs, daggers, knives and swords. The design field also includes horses and riders and dismembered body parts.
Place made: Coromandel coast, India
Materials & Technique: textiles, handspun cotton, natural dyes, mordants; mordant painting, batik
Dimensions: 93.5 h x 474.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Michael and Mary Abbott 1991
Accession No: NGA 91.631