ITEM 16374

Double Red Ship Palepai

Paminggir People, Kalianda District, Lampung, Sumatra
Cotton; metallic wrapped threads, silk; supplementary weft
18th / Early 19th Century
31 x 167 in / 79 x 424 cm
Price on request

Ex Samuel Josefowitz Collection, Switzerland and New York
On loan to the Indianapolis Museum of Art for 30 years

Double Red Ship Palepai are the most iconic of all Indonesian textiles and were extremely important in the Paminggir society. We see great ships, elephants, birds and human figures that have been interpreted as ancestors. However, this can only be speculated on as the last weavers who understood this rich iconography departed life more than a century ago, leaving no heirs to their knowledge.