South Sumatra Kroe Ceremonial textile (Tampan)
Cotton, hand spun, natural dyes
South Sumatra - Kroe
61 (h) x 61 (w) cm
Collected South Sumatra 1983
Excellent but quite stained from age, no holes or repairs to body, edges slightly damaged
A magnificant small square Tampan showing a sectional view of a ship with oars and with two human figues at its centre. The symbolism illustrated has also been interpreted as possibly that of a bird. The exact meaning and nature of Tampan symbolism, however, has been lost over time.
Tampan were exchanged between Kroe families to consecrate ritual occasions especially those involving major life transitions such as birth, circumcision, courtship, marriage and death. Their use was both siritual and symbolic but they were also used as wrappings for gifts such as money or food.
Hand spun yarn; supplimentary weft on plain cotton weave; natural dyes.