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cushion-cover

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    As1923,0410.17

  • Description

    A batik cushion cover (?), unsewn; worked on fine tabby cotton cloth (industrially made). A rectangular piece of cloth with almost identical imagery top and bottom; a garuda (bird) facing to the right (upper) and to the left (lower), framed on each side by a naga (snake) (on unwaxed side of cloth). Animals depicted in light brown and green (soga and indigo dyed?).

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  • Date

    • 20thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 53.5 centimetres
    • Width: 28.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Dr Fiona Kerlogue, Horniman Museum, suggests this piece may be the work of a European.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1923

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    As1923,0410.17


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