Pidan Temple Hanging 11044

Khmer, Cambodia

Silk; ikat

First half 20th Century
117 x 35 in/297 x 89 cm 


Pidan are very rare in Western museums and private collections. They were created for display in temples and tend to feature a Buddhist narrative subject with a story or motif that would be easily recognized by the faithful. This religious iconography made pidan taboo to ever be worn as clothing, in this case featuring the Buddha in a temple. Most surviving examples were buried in ceramic jars during the Khmer Rouge Period as must have happened with the piece presented here. It is in perfect condition and features high quality silk and deep natural dye colors.