, Ceremonial cloth and sacred heirloom [mbesa] ENLARGE | ZOOM 1/1

traded to Sumatra, Indonesia Ceremonial cloth and sacred heirloom [mbesa] 1850–1900 Description: with intricate indigo patterning
Title Notes: with design inspired by cloths made by the Toraja people representing "hairs" and "ears and star/flower forms
Place made: Coromandel coast, India
Materials & Technique: textiles, handspun cotton, natural dyes, mordants; mordant block printing, batik
Dimensions: 466.0 h x 92.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Mary and Michael Abbott 1987
Accession No: NGA 87.1078