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WOVENSOULS ANTIQUE HIMALAYAN+TRIBAL TEXTILES+JEWELRY+ART

by Wovensouls


189 lots with images

June 30, 2013

Timed Auction

Registered Address:

Blk 162, Yung Ping Road, #17-17

Singapore, 610162 Singapore

Phone: +65 98242864 / +91 9821342288

Email: jaina@wovensouls.com

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EXTREMELY RARE TIBET NOBLEWOMAN'S HEADDRESS late 19th c

Lot 100: EXTREMELY RARE TIBET NOBLEWOMAN'S HEADDRESS late 19th c

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Description: Worn in the Xigatse region, this magnificent piece is an extremely rare find. The ornament was worn on the head as part of an ornate hairstyle. It is adorned with large pieces of aged coral and turquoise. The strings of pearls that hang in front have been restrung for strength and contain yellow pearls. The back is tied to the side ends to create a pyramid-like structure on top of the head. High resolution images and a photo of a woman wearing a similar ornament may be requested from Wovensouls. LITERATURE REFERENCE : 'Tibetan Nomads' by Schuyler Jones. This book contains several photographs and explanatory notes on such headdresses. MUSEUM PRESENCE : Photographs of Tibetan headdresses are available in the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, UK EXTREMELY RARE MEASUREMENT : Diameter on the longer side : 60 cm (Shorter dia = 27 cm) CONDITION : Overall Good condition. A few pearls discolored. IN CASE THE PHOTOS IN THE CATALOG LOOK UNDULY SHARPENED. PLEASE EMAIL US FOR THE ORIGINALS WHILE WE TRY TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE ON THIS WEBSITE

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RARE TIBET HORSE BLANKET - late 19th century

Lot 101: RARE TIBET HORSE BLANKET - late 19th century

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Description: This fine nomadic horse blanket made of yak wool has been decorated with nambu tigma stamp dyed motifs all over. The cross motif is seen on textiles of nomads and also on the festival clothing of high ranking monks, their seats and door curtains. A buckle is used to fasten the apron. A layer of coarse felt-like wool is attached underneath to provide additional warmth making this a heavy garment. Handstitched. If required, high resolution images may be requested from Wovensouls to enable the bidder to examine the piece in greater detail. Rare. LITERATURE REFERENCE : Discussion on the cross motifs on Pages 57-58 in the book titles 'Eastern Tibet - Bridging Tibet & China' written by Christoph Baumer & Therese Weber. MEASUREMENT : 105cm (length) x width 83 cm (at waist) / 140cm (feet) CONDITION : Good condition. Minor stains. Minor hole probably caused by the fabric getting caught in some hook. IN CASE THE PHOTOS IN THE CATALOG LOOK UNDULY SHARPENED. PLEASE EMAIL US FOR THE ORIGINALS WHILE WE TRY TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE ON THIS WEBSITE

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RARE HIMALAYAN PERAK WITH PEARLS

Lot 102: RARE HIMALAYAN PERAK WITH PEARLS

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Description: This fine Perak headdress from the Zanskaar valley has large old turquoise stones, lambskin ears, silver embellishments, coral and lapis accents, a central ghau meant for the protection of the wearer and most importantly two side panels adorned with rows of pearls. The presence of pearls in a Perak is rare. This is a heavy piece of unknown age. Peraks are passed down from mother to daughter and it is only in the rare circumstance of there being no daughter to inherit the Perak, that the Perak leaves the ancestral family. It is then donated to a monastery after pujas and ceremonies. The monastery subsequently auctions the Perak. The turquoise stones in new and young peraks do not have the color character seen in old Peraks such as this one. Wovensouls will, on request, provide high resolution images to enable the bidder to evaluate the age and the quality of this ancestral heirloom piece. Rare. LITERATURE REFERENCE : A basic discussion introducing Peraks along with a few photographs of common Peraks is available on pages 103-105 of the coffee table book titled "Ladakh, Zanskar - Nubra" by Ravinder Kalra Bidders may also wish to read the several articles about Ladakhi costumes and culture on wovensouls.wordpress.com in order to understand the cultural context of this piece. MEASUREMENT : 71cm (length not including the Choti or braid) | 38cm Ear end to Ear end CONDITION : Good condition allover. Pearls are not in perfect condition. THE PHOTOS IN THE IMAGES ON THIS CATALOG LOOK UNDULY SHARPENED AND MAKE THE PIECE LOOK LIKE IT IS CRACKING. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. PLEASE EMAIL US FOR THE ORIGINALS WHILE WE TRY TO RESOLVE THE ISSUE ON THIS WEBSITE

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RARE HANDWRITTEN BUDDHIST MUSICAL SUTRAS 18th century

Lot 103: RARE HANDWRITTEN BUDDHIST MUSICAL SUTRAS 18th century

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Description: This set of handwritten panels contains Buddhist sutras or chants. Accompanying the text is a language of visual musical notation now believed to be extinct. Skillfully handwritten using a brush to create thick and thin strokes at different points in the script. Finely rendered. Tiny inscriptions on the edges written perpendicular to the main text may be the signature of the writer or a reference to the content. Extremely Rare. MEASUREMENT : 36cm x 9cm CONDITION : Good condition allover with mild edge wear and a few tears. IN CASE THE PHOTOS IN THE CATALOG LOOK UNDULY SHARPENED. PLEASE EMAIL US FOR THE ORIGINALS WHILE WE TRY TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE ON THIS WEBSITE

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TIBET BRIDAL COAT WITH BROCADE mid 20th century

Lot 104: TIBET BRIDAL COAT WITH BROCADE mid 20th century

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Description: Bridal Coat from Tsetang region of Tibet with brocade shoulders and stamp-dye motifs. The panels on the shoulders/ sleeve holes have worn-out zari brocade MEASUREMENT : Length 118cm, Shoulder width 39 cm CONDITION : Good condition overall with repairs in a few spots. THE PHOTOS IN THE CATALOG LOOK UNDULY SHARPENED AND GRAINY. PLEASE EMAIL US FOR THE ORIGINALS WHILE WE TRY TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE ON THIS WEBSITE

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RARE HIMALAYAN PERAK WITH CORAL

Lot 105: RARE HIMALAYAN PERAK WITH CORAL

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Description: This fine Perak headdress from the Zanskaar valley has large old turquoise stones, lambskin ears, silver embellishments, lapis accents, a central ghau meant for the protection of the wearer and two side panels adorned with the most highly valued gem locally i.e. coral. Heavy piece of unknown age. Peraks are passed down from mother to daughter and it is only in the rare circumstance of there being no daughter to inherit the Perak, that the Perak leaves the ancestral family. It is then donated to a monastery after pujas and ceremonies. The monastery subsequently auctions the Perak. The turquoise stones in new and young peraks do not have the color character seen in old Peraks such as this one. This piece is heavy and of unknown age. Wovensouls will, on request, provide high resolution images to enable the bidder to evaluate the age and the quality of this ancestral heirloom piece. Rare. MEASUREMENT : Length 130cm CONDITION : Good condition allover. LITERATURE REFERENCE : A basic discussion introducing Peraks along with a few photographs of common Peraks is available on pages 103-105 of the coffee table book titled "Ladakh, Zanskar - Nubra" by Ravinder Kalra Bidders may also wish to read the several articles about Ladakhi costumes and culture on wovensouls.wordpress.com (Ladakh Diaries) in order to understand the cultural context of this piece. THE PHOTOS IN THE CATALOG LOOK UNDULY SHARPENED AND GRAINY. THE STONES LIKE THEY ARE CRACKING - THIS IS NOT THE CASE. PLEASE ASK FOR THE ORIGINALS WHILE WE TRY TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE ON THIS WEBSITE

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TIBET PRAYER WHEEL, mid 19th century

Lot 106: TIBET PRAYER WHEEL, mid 19th century

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Description: Prayer wheel with ornate designs on the main body including Buddhist characters gilted in gold. Bone ring at the pivot point. Heavy with a long handle. Contains scroll inside the compartment. MEASUREMENT : 60cm length total, 18cm wheel height CONDITION : Good condition

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TIBET NOMADIC WHITE-CORAL BELT late 19th century

Lot 108: TIBET NOMADIC WHITE-CORAL BELT late 19th century

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Description: Worn as an adornment, this belt is used during festivals and celebrations by the Changthang nomads of Tibet. Contains white coral & cowrie shell on leather. MEASUREMENT : 88cm length x 5cm width CONDITION : Good condition

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TIBET COSTUME SET CHOOBA+BAKU mid 20th century

Lot 109: TIBET COSTUME SET CHOOBA+BAKU mid 20th century

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Description: Made of coarse wool the Chooba and Baku are typical costumes found all over Tibet. Both the costumes have been partially handstitched. LITERATURE REFERENCE : Photo of a toddler wearing an open-bottom chooba, Page 56, "Tibetan Style" by Yann Romain & Hippolyte Romain MEASUREMENT : Chooba length 61cm | Baku length 60 cm CONDITION : Average condition overall with visible wear in some spots.

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TIBET NOMADIC TRIFURCATED POUCH late 19th century

Lot 110: TIBET NOMADIC TRIFURCATED POUCH late 19th century

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Description: Woven with a trifurcation probably with a specific purpose, this pouch is an example of unusual unique weaving as seen in the close-ups of the inner layers. Classic checkerboard pattern that is commonly seen in Tibetan rugs Rare. MEASUREMENT : Dimensions of largest pouch : 23cm x 16cm CONDITION : Good condition but needs a wash

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EXCELLENT TIBET COAT early 20th century

Lot 111: EXCELLENT TIBET COAT early 20th century

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Description: Heavy coat with Tigma tie-dye motifs on wool. The skirt area is made up of 39 panels or kalis to give it flair. All natural dyes. Hand-stitched. Some patches reveal a pile-like texture (see Image 5 of the yellow patch) that may have been the original condition allover. MEASUREMENT : Length 112cm CONDITION : Good condition overall with minor easily repairable tears in a few spots

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LARGE HIMALAYAN NECKLACE WITH TURQUOISE & CORAL

Lot 112: LARGE HIMALAYAN NECKLACE WITH TURQUOISE & CORAL

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Description: This skeypuk is a traditional necklace of the Ladakh and contains a ghau. Major embellishments of coral and minor embellishment of amber. A fish motif is present on the Ghau. A traditional cloth tie is used to fasten the piece. Age unknown. High resolution images may be requested from the auctioneer if you wish to examine the piece in detail to evaluate the quality and age. LITERATURE REFERENCE : The ghau on this piece is similar to the one seen on page 296, "Tibetan Nomads" by Shuyler Jones MEASUREMENT : To be added by March 10th CONDITION : Good condition THE PHOTOS IN THE CATALOG LOOK UNDULY SHARPENED AND GRAINY. PLEASE EMAIL US FOR THE ORIGINALS WHILE WE TRY TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE ON THIS WEBSITE

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EXTREMELY RARE TIBET NOBLEWOMAN'S HEAD DRESS 19th c

Lot 113: EXTREMELY RARE TIBET NOBLEWOMAN'S HEAD DRESS 19th c

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Description: The Pat'h is an extremely rare find. The 'Y' shaped ornament was worn on the head to support an ornate hairstyle. Worn in Lhasa & the U-Tsang region. This Pat'h is adorned with large pieces of coral and turquoise. The main body contains larger pearls in the central rows and smaller pearls in the other rows. The Pat'h contains a supporting Y-shaped metal rib structure that is covered completely in cloth. High resolution images and detailed write-ups may be requested from Wovensouls if you wish to examine and evaluate the piece in greater detail. LITERATURE REFERENCE : 'Tibetan Nomads' by Schuyler Jones. This book contains several photographs and explanatory notes on the Pat'h. MUSEUM PRESENCE : Photographs of Tibetan Pat'h are available in the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, UK EXTREMELY RARE MEASUREMENT : Length of each of the 2 shorter arms of the 'Y' is 20 cm, length of the longer arm stem of the 'Y' is 25 cm CONDITION : Overall Good condition. Pearls discolored.

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MUSEUM QUALITY RARE HIMALAYAN PERAK WITH CORAL VEIL

Lot 114: MUSEUM QUALITY RARE HIMALAYAN PERAK WITH CORAL VEIL

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Description: This fine Perak head dress is from Changthang region where the flat-shaped hood is preferred. This Perak is special on two counts. First : there are small coral chains that hang in front of the face like a veil. Secondly there are two rows of pearls that form borders along the hood. Both these features are rare. This is a heavy piece and of unknown age. Wovensouls will, on request, provide high resolution images to enable the bidder to evaluate the age and the quality of this ancestral heirloom piece. Rare. MEASUREMENT : Length 90cm including 15cm coral veil CONDITION : Good condition allover. CORRECTION: This piece is from the Purang region (that is adjacent to the Changthang region), that is now a part of Western Tibet, China. Geographically this is beyond Puga. Purang women wear two Peraks, one on the head and one on the shoulder. If you would like to see photos of women from Purang wearing their Peraks, please email the auctioneer. These Peraks are rarer to find due to political border issues.

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EXTREMELY RARE TIBET NOBLEWOMAN'S HEAD DRESS 19th c

Lot 115: EXTREMELY RARE TIBET NOBLEWOMAN'S HEAD DRESS 19th c

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Description: The Pat'h is an extremely rare find. It was worn on the head to support an ornate hairstyle. This piece is adorned with pieces of coral and turquoise. The main body contains evenly sized pearls in neat rows. Worn in Lhasa & the U-Tsang region. High resolution images and detailed write-ups may be requested from the auctioneer if you wish to examine and evalutate the piece in greater detail. LITERATURE REFERENCE : 'Tibetan Nomads' by Schuyler Jones. This book contains several photographs and explantory notes on the Pat'h. MUSEUM PRESENCE : Photographs of Tibetan Pat'h are available in the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, UK EXTREMELY RARE MEASUREMENT : Length of each of the 3 arms of the 'Y' is 20 cm CONDITION : Overall Good condition. Some pearls are discolored.

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MINIATURE THANGKA BURHANY ZURAG 18th century

Lot 116: MINIATURE THANGKA BURHANY ZURAG 18th century

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Description: Set of 3 Burhany Zurag miniature Buddhist paintings of deities. Burhany Zurags are small personalised portable version of Thangkas. Painted on cloth these are carried around in an encasement. Each Burhany Zurag is created for an individual and a depicts a deity invoked for specific purpose based on astrology. MEASUREMENT : Approximately 5cm x 6cm each CONDITION : Good condition

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BHUTAN WOVEN KERA late 19th century

Lot 117: BHUTAN WOVEN KERA late 19th century

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Description: Finely woven Kera from Bhutan with geometric patterns. Among the most exquisite weavings in the catalog. The selvedge bands have been woven separately and attached to the main body. This piece is a used piece and the color of the base cloth that was once white has been transformed to this tone with age. MEASUREMENT : Width 84 cm x 240cm length + additional fringe of 19cm on each side CONDITION : Good condition with small spots of wear that are generally unnoticeable and easy to repair

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HEIRLOOM BANARASI BRIDAL SARI REAL ZARI + INSCRIPTION

Lot 118: HEIRLOOM BANARASI BRIDAL SARI REAL ZARI + INSCRIPTION

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Description: Silk sari from Banaras woven for a bride. Zari has precious metal content. Text inscription woven into the Pallo is a blessing of marital bliss for the bride. Ancestral heirloom piece. Known to be at least 5 generations old. Wovensouls will, on request, provide high resolution images to enable the bidder to evaluate the age and the quality of this ancestral heirloom piece. Rare LITERATURE REFERENCE : 1. Pages 165in 'Indian Textiles' by John Gillow & Nicholas Bernard. 2. Page 107-120, "Tradition and beyond, Handcrafted Indian Textiles" by Rta Kapur Chishti / Rahul Jain MEASUREMENT : 520cm x 112cm CONDITION : Extremely fragile condition with several splits & tears, especially at the edges. The gold work is in good condition but the silk base itself is very fine and therefore extremely vulnerable. Wearing is not recommended.

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HEIRLOOM BANARASI BRIDAL SARI WITH REAL ZARI

Lot 119: HEIRLOOM BANARASI BRIDAL SARI WITH REAL ZARI

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Description: Two toned Silk sari from Banaras meant for a bride's trousseau. Zari has precious metal content. The Pallo is blanketted with woven Zari brocade that contains precious metal. Ancestral heirloom piece known to be at least 5 generations old. This sari is heavy. Wovensouls will, on request, provide high resolution images to enable the bidder to evaluate the age and the quality of this ancestral heirloom piece. Rare LITERATURE REFERENCE : 1. Pages 165in 'Indian Textiles' by John Gillow & Nicholas Bernard. 2. Page 107-120, "Tradition and beyond, Handcrafted Indian Textiles" by Rta Kapur Chishti / Rahul Jain MEASUREMENT : 520cm x 122cm CONDITION : Fragile condition with a few splits

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PATAN PATOLA LARGE FRAGMENT - WEAVER'S HEIRLOOM ANCESTRAL PIECE

Lot 120: PATAN PATOLA LARGE FRAGMENT - WEAVER'S HEIRLOOM ANCESTRAL PIECE

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Description: This extremely fine example of double Ikat is an heirloom piece of one of the two surviving Patola weaving families. Known as the heirloom fragment piece that has been with them over 10 generations. Precise age unknown but estimated to be pre-1800. The value of a Patan Patola is proportional to the number of motifs used in it as this increases the difficulty of creating the artwork. This fragment has the paan bhaath motif, the dhingli motif, two popat motifs, the phool motif and the haathi motif in addition to the various borders. Microscopic examination of the fibres and the weave reveal a uniqueness not found in other more recent antique patolas. Mounted on a raw silk backing for support. Wovensouls will, on request, provide high resolution images to enable the bidder to evaluate the age and the quality of this ancestral heirloom piece. Rare. LITERATURE REFERENCE : Examples of younger Patolas may be seen 1. On pages 14 & 27 in 'Indian Textiles' by John Gillow & Nicholas Bernard 2. Page 42-49, "Tradition and beyond, Handcrafted Indian Textiles" by Rta Kapur Chishti / Rahul Jain MEASUREMENT : Approx 130 cm height x 125 cm width on raw silk mounting. CONDITION : Fragile condition with minor tears

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PICHVAI PAINTED TEXTILE mid/late 20th century

Lot 121: PICHVAI PAINTED TEXTILE mid/late 20th century

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Description: Depicting Lord Srinathji of Nathdwara, this Pichvai has ben painted on cloth using natural stone colors and a traditional painting process that is passed down from father to son. This well-rendered piece is approximately 50-60 years old. The gold paint on this Pichvai is not Varak work. LITERATURE REFERENCE : 1. Older Examples from the National Museum, Delhi, are seen in the book "Costumes, Textiles and Jewellery of India - Traditions in Rajasthan" by Vandana Bhandari 2. Page 14 'Indian Textiles' by John Gillow & Nicholas Barnard 3. Page 11, "Tradition and beyond, Handcrafted Indian Textiles" by Rta Kapur Chishti / Rahul Jain MEASUREMENT : 125cm x 96cm CONDITION : Good condition.

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PAINTING PATTACHITRA OF LORD JAGANNATH early 20th C

Lot 122: PAINTING PATTACHITRA OF LORD JAGANNATH early 20th C

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Description: This painting of the inner sanctum of the temple of Lord Jagannath of Puri, has been made on cloth using natural colors. The cotton cloth is treated before painting with glue and and after painting with lacquer to protect the paint. The old methods of painting have now been discontinued. This piece is estimated to be from the early 20th century. Hindus have four important pilgrimage spots -known as 'Chaar Dhaam' that a devout Hindu ought to visit during his lifetime. The Jagannath temple of Puri is one of them. MEASUREMENT : 18cm x21cm CONDITION : Good condition. LITERATURE REFERENCE : Page 98, 'Ritual Art of India' by Ajit Mookerjee, Thames & Hudson

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PAINTING PATTACHITRA OF LORD JAGANNATH early 20th C

Lot 123: PAINTING PATTACHITRA OF LORD JAGANNATH early 20th C

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Description: This painting of the temple of Lord Jagannath of Puri, also known as Puri Patta has been made on cloth and painted upon using natural colors. The cotton cloth is treated before painting with glue and and after painting with lacquer to protect the paint. The old methods of painting have now been discontinued. This piece is estimated to be from the early/mid 20th century. Hindus have four important pilgrimage spots -known as 'Chaar Dhaam' that a devout Hindu ought to visit during his lifetime. The Jagannath temple of Puri is one of them. MEASUREMENT : 53cm x 38cm CONDITION : Good condition. LITERATURE REFERENCE : Page 98, 'Ritual Art of India' by Ajit Mookerjee, Thames & Hudson

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MUSEUM QUALITY PATTACHITRA OF LORD JAGANNATH

Lot 124: MUSEUM QUALITY PATTACHITRA OF LORD JAGANNATH

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Description: This fine example of folk painting of the temple of Lord Jagannath of Puri, also known as Puri Patta has been painted on cloth using natural colors. The vivid colors are characteristic of the historical folk art of the region. The cotton cloth is treated before painting with glue and and after painting with lacquer to protect the paint. The old methods of painting have now been discontinued. This piece is estimated to be from the early 20th century or earlier. Hindus have four important pilgrimage spots -known as 'Chaar Dhaam' that a devout Hindu ought to visit during his lifetime. The Jagannath temple of Puri is one of them. MEASUREMENT : 75 cm x 62 cm CONDITION : Good condition. LITERATURE REFERENCE : Page 98, 'Ritual Art of India' by Ajit Mookerjee, Thames & Hudson

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YAO RITUAL MASK - 19th century or earlier

Lot 125: YAO RITUAL MASK - 19th century or earlier

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Description: This Mask is from the Yao community and is used during ceremonies & rituals along with other painted scrolls, crowns & masks by the Shaman priest. Microscopic examination of the paper reveals a fiber like structure. Constructed with sticks and a recently replaced thread tie. MEASUREMENT : 20cm x 15 cm CONDITION : Fragile with minor edge wear.LITERATURE REFERENCE : "Peoples of the Golden Triangle" by Paul & Elaine Lewis

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YAO RITUAL PAINTINGS PAIR - 18th century or earlier

Lot 126: YAO RITUAL PAINTINGS PAIR - 18th century or earlier

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Description: This extremely well rendered pair of paintings depicting male and female ancestors is used at celebrations and rituals to represent ancestors who protect and bless the clan. The faces depicted have unique features that are different from other Yao paintings.This set from the Kin Mun Yar of Northern Vietnam and is of significant age. Microscopic examination of the paper reveals an unfamiliar fabric like structure. Inscriptions are seen in a few places but the script is an old unrecognisable one. MEASUREMENT : 81cm x 41 cm CONDITION : Damaged at the top, fold wear, edge wear & patched in a few places on the back to prevent deterioration. LITERATURE REFERENCE : "Peoples of the Golden Triangle" by Paul & Elaine Lewis

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YAO RITUAL PAINTING SCROLL - early 19th century

Lot 127: YAO RITUAL PAINTING SCROLL - early 19th century

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Description: This ritual painting from the Lantien Yao community of Yunnan Southern China and represents ancestors. Text is available in a few places but the script is an old unrecognisable one. MEASUREMENT : 48cm x 25 cm CONDITION : Fragile with minor damage to edges and folds. LITERATURE REFERENCE : "Peoples of the Golden Triangle" by Paul & Elaine Lewis

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PATTACHITRA ON PAPER -ILLUSTRATION & ANCIENT SCRIPT

Lot 128: PATTACHITRA ON PAPER -ILLUSTRATION & ANCIENT SCRIPT

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Description: This painting from Odisha contains an illustrations and text from the epic poem Geet Gobind by Jayadev.Age of this article is unknown. Age of this article is unknown. However conclusions may be drawn from the evolution of epigraphy over the last few centuries displayed in the State Museum at Bhubaneshwar. If you wish to receive an image of the epigraphy display for comparison, or high resolution images, please write in to Wovensouls. Rare. MEASUREMENT : 25cm x 31 cm CONDITION : Good condition

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PATTACHITRA ON PAPER -ILLUSTRATION & ANCIENT SCRIPT

Lot 129: PATTACHITRA ON PAPER -ILLUSTRATION & ANCIENT SCRIPT

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Description: This painting from Odisha contains an illustrations and text from the epic poem Geet Gobind by Jayadev.Age of this article is unknown. Age of this article is unknown. However conclusions may be drawn from the evolution of epigraphy over the last few centuries displayed in the State Museum at Bhubaneshwar. If you wish to receive an image of the epigraphy display for comparison, or high resolution images, please write in to Wovensouls. Rare. MEASUREMENT : 25cm x 31 cm CONDITION : Good condition

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SET 6 PATTACHITRA FRAGMENTS

Lot 130: SET 6 PATTACHITRA FRAGMENTS

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Description: Set of 6 painting fragments (damaged) from Odisha containing illustrations and text from the epic poem Geet Gobind by Jayadev.Of the 5 fragments, the paintings in 3 are almost completely intact while in the other 2, the partial sections of the painting may be recovered. This set may be used to research art history of the region. The flaking of the top layers of color leaving the lower layers intact is revealed through the partial water damage suffered during floods in the region. This set is an important piece of evidence in the construction of art history theories. Age of this article is unknown. However conclusions may be drawn from the evolution of epigraphy over the last few centuries displayed in the State Museum at Bhubaneshwar. If you wish to receive an image of the epigraphy display for comparison, or high resolution images, please write in to Wovensouls. Rare. MEASUREMENT : 25cm x 31 cm CONDITION : Damaged

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PAINTED 'PABUJI-KI-PHAD' MURAL TEXTILE

Lot 131: PAINTED 'PABUJI-KI-PHAD' MURAL TEXTILE

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Description: This Pabuji-ki-Phad is a hand-drawn, hand-painted work of folk art from Bhilwara Rajasthan of unknown age. Used as a backdrop mural for devotional performances by 'Bhopas' who are invited to celebrations and festivals to narrate the story of the Lok Deva or folk gods. Phads are passed down from father to son in the Bhopa family and contain several scenes from the life of Pabuji and is used to illustrate the stories during the Bhopa's performance and each Phad is used over 3-4 generations. This Phad was acquired from one of the few surviving Phad artists who continue to practice their ancestral art. When Bhopas commission a new Phad the old ancestral Phad is usually consecrated and laid down in holy waters. In a few cases the Phad artist requests that the old Phad be retained for artisitic purposes. This is one such Phad. Colors used are all natural colors. The Canvas panels used are narrower as only narrow looms were available in the past. Rare. LITERATURE REFERENCE : Pages 89-90 in the coffee table book 'Indian Textiles' by John Gillow & Nicholas Bernard show younger examples of the Phad. REFERENCE EXAMPLES : 1. Brooklyn Museum, New York 2. Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam 3. Asian Art Museum, San Francisco MEASUREMENT : 15.3 feet x 5 feet CONDITION : Not perfect

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PAINTED 'PABUJI-KI-PHAD' MURAL TEXTILE

Lot 132: PAINTED 'PABUJI-KI-PHAD' MURAL TEXTILE

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Description: Created by the renowned Phad master-artist late Shri Jadau Chand Shrilal whose work is also showcased at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. This Pabuji-ki-Phad is a hand-drawn, hand-painted work of folk art from Bhilwara Rajasthan of unknown age. Used as a backdrop mural for devotional performances by 'Bhopas' who are invited to celebrations and festivals to narrate the story of the Lok Deva or folk gods. Phads are passed down from father to son in the Bhopa family and contain several scenes from the life of Pabuji and is used to illustrate the stories during the Bhopa's performance and Each Phad is used over 2-3 generations. This Phad was acquired from one of the few Phad artists who continue to practice their ancestral art. When Bhopas commission a new Phad the old ancestral Phad is usually consecrated and laid down in holy waters. In a few cases the Phad artist requests that the old Phad be retained for artistic purposes. This is one such Phad. Colors used are all natural colors. The Canvas panels used are narrower as only narrow looms were available in the past. Rare. LITERATURE REFERENCE : Pages 89-90 in the coffee table book 'Indian Textiles' by John Gillow & Nicholas Bernard show younger examples of the Phad. REFERENCE EXAMPLES 1. Brooklyn Museum, New York2. Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam 3. Asian Art Museum, San Francisco MEASUREMENT : 17.2 feet x4.6 feet CONDITION : Not perfect. About one third of the mural on the right is worn out. Lower edge is worn out.

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PALM LEAF MANUSCRIPT- LAKSHMI PURANA - LEGEND OF LAXMI

Lot 133: PALM LEAF MANUSCRIPT- LAKSHMI PURANA - LEGEND OF LAXMI

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Description: This palm leaf set from Odisha, India contains a text narration of the Lakshmi Purana that is accompanied by skillful drawings. All photos have been taken with flash to allow for clear readability. This however makes the manuscript look brighter and yellow than it actually is. Lakshmi is the wife of Vishnu and is the Goddes of Wealth. The text is a narration of the story of her life. Age of this article is unknown. However conclusions may be drawn from the evolution of epigraphy displayed in the State Museum at Bhubaneshwar. If you wish to receive an image of the display for comparison, or high resolution images to enable informed evaluation of age & quality, please write in to Wovensouls. An article about the art process is available in our library. Please write in if you wish to read it. Flash has been used to enhance the clarity of the miniature texts. This has also resulted in brighter colors. The actual color is seen in the last photo featuring the entire group of manuscripts that comprise 5 separate lots in this auction catalogue. Rare MEASUREMENT : 19cm x 4cm x 2cm NUMBER OF FOLIO PAGES: 28 double sided folios CONDITION : Good condition.

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PALM LEAF MANUSCRIPT - HANUMAN PURANA - LEGEND OF HANUMAN

Lot 134: PALM LEAF MANUSCRIPT - HANUMAN PURANA - LEGEND OF HANUMAN

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Description: This palm leaf set from Odisha, India contains a text narration of the Hanuman Purana that is accompanied by skillful drawings. The photos are all taken with flash to allow for clear viewing of the etching/drawings making the manuscript look brighter than it actually is. The original color is browner and darker. Hanuman is the monkey God king who attached himself to Lord Rama and helped him to win the battle against Ravana. This text is the story of his life. Age of this article is unknown. However conclusions may be drawn from the evolution of epigraphy displayed in the State Museum at Bhubaneshwar. If you wish to receive an image of the display for comparison, or high resolution images to enable informed evaluation of age & quality, please write in to Wovensouls. An article about the art process is available in our library. Please write in if you wish to read it. Flash has been used to enhance the clarity of the miniature texts. This has also resulted in brighter colors. The actual color is seen in the last photo featuring the entire group of manuscripts that comprise 5 separate lots in this auction catalogue. Rare MEASUREMENT : 15cm x 4cm x 3cm CONDITION : Good condition. NUMBER OF FOLIO PAGES: 28 double sided folios

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PALM LEAF MANUSCRIPT - FOLK EPIC OF TRAVEL TO JAVA SUMATRA

Lot 135: PALM LEAF MANUSCRIPT - FOLK EPIC OF TRAVEL TO JAVA SUMATRA

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Description: This palm leaf set from Odisha, India contains a text narration of the folk legend "Boeeta Bandaan" that is accompanied by skillful drawings. The folk legend speaks of the story of a girl whose 7 brothers had gone on a trade journey to Java, Sumatra & Borneo and is ill-treated by her sisters-in-laws. Odisha, a state on the east coast of India, known for it's Ikat, is probably the point from which the art of Ikat migrated to Indonesia. This folk legend is an important one to locals as well as to students of textile history as it speaks of travels between Odisha and the islands of South East Asia. Age of this article is unknown. However conclusions may be drawn from the evolution of epigraphy displayed in the State Museum at Bhubaneshwar. If you wish to receive an image of the display for comparison, or high resolution images to enable informed evaluation of age & quality, please write in to Wovensouls. An article about the art process is available in our library. Please write in if you wish to read it. Flash has been used to enhance the clarity of the miniature texts. This has also resulted in brighter colors. The actual color is seen in the last photo featuring the entire group of manuscripts comprising 5 separate lots in the auction catalogue Rare MEASUREMENT : 16cm x 4cm x 3cm CONDITION : Good condition. NUMBER OF FOLIO PAGES: 28 double sided folios

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PALM LEAF MANUSCRIPT - KAMA SUTRA / RATI SHASTRA

Lot 136: PALM LEAF MANUSCRIPT - KAMA SUTRA / RATI SHASTRA

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Description: This palm leaf set from Odisha, India contains a text narration accompanied by skillful drawing of the erotica played out in the Sage Vatsyayana's treatise on the subject. Kama is the deity of sensual love and Rati is the Goddess of passion. Images have been blurred for obvious reasons. Registered bidders may request unblurred images from Wovensouls. Age of this article is unknown. However conclusions may be drawn from the evolution of epigraphy displayed in the State Museum at Bhubaneshwar. If you wish to receive an image of the display for comparison, or high resolution images to enable informed evaluation of age & quality, please write in to Wovensouls. An article about the art process is available in our library. Please write in if you wish to read it. Flash has been used to enhance the clarity of the miniature texts. This has also resulted in brighter colors. The actual color is seen in the last photo featuring the entire group of manuscripts comprising 5 separate lots in the auction catalogue. Rare MEASUREMENT : 19cm x 4cm x 2cm CONDITION : Good condition. NUMBER OF DOUBLE SIDED FOLIO PAGES: 27

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PALM LEAF MANUSCRIPT - GEET GOBIND EPIC BY JAYADEV - RARE

Lot 137: PALM LEAF MANUSCRIPT - GEET GOBIND EPIC BY JAYADEV - RARE

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Description: This palm leaf set from Odisha, India contains a text narration accompanied by skillful drawing of the epic poem Geet Gobind by Jayadev. The colors seen on several of the borders are an unusual embellishment. This manuscript contains ullustrative drawings. Age of this article is unknown. However conclusions may be drawn from the evolution of epigraphy displayed in the State Museum at Bhubaneshwar. If you wish to receive an image of the display for comparison, or high resolution images to enable informed evaluation of age & quality, please write in to Wovensouls. An article about the art process is available in our library. Please write in if you wish to read it. Flash has been used to enhance the clarity of the miniature texts. This has also resulted in brighter colors. The actual color is seen in the last photo featuring the entire group of manuscripts comprising 5 separate lots in the auction catalogue. Rare MEASUREMENT : 21cm x 4cm x4cm CONDITION : Good condition. NUMBER OF DOUBLE SIDED FOLIO PAGES: 37

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PALM LEAF VAIDYA SHASTRA - MEDICINAL STUDIES TEXT

Lot 138: PALM LEAF VAIDYA SHASTRA - MEDICINAL STUDIES TEXT

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Description: This palm leaf set from Odisha, India contains text-only inscriptions of medicinal Studies known as Vaidya Shastra - most likely Ayurveda. Age of this article is unknown. However conclusions may be drawn from the evolution of epigraphy displayed in the State Museum at Bhubaneshwar. If you wish to receive an image of the display for comparison, or high resolution images to enable informed evaluation of age & quality, please write in to Wovensouls. An article about the art process is available in our library. Please write in if you wish to read it. Flash has been used to enhance the clarity of the miniature texts. This has also resulted in brighter colors. The actual color is seen in the last photo featuring the entire group of manuscripts. Rare MEASUREMENT : 39cm x 4cm x 8cm CONDITION : Good condition. NUMBER OF DOUBLE SIDED FOLIO PAGES: 97

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PALM LEAF ETCHING - MEDICINAL STUDIES TEXT

Lot 139: PALM LEAF ETCHING - MEDICINAL STUDIES TEXT

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Description: This palm leaf set from Odisha, India contains inscriptions of medicinal Studies - most likely Ayurveda. Age of this article is unknown. However conclusions may be drawn from the evolution of epigraphy displayed in the State Museum at Bhubaneshwar. If you wish to receive an image of the display for comparison, or high resolution images to enable informed evaluation of age & quality, please write in to Wovensouls. An article about the art process is available in our library. Please write in if you wish to read it. Flash has been used to enhance the clarity of the miniature texts. This has also resulted in brighter colors. The actual color is seen in the last photo featuring the entire group of manuscripts comprising several lots from the auction catalogue. Rare MEASUREMENT : 34cm x 4cm x 7cm CONDITION : Good condition. NUMBER OF FOLIO PAGES: 138

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GUIZHOU MINORITY CAPE - WEINING COUNTY mid 20th C

Lot 140: GUIZHOU MINORITY CAPE - WEINING COUNTY mid 20th C

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Description: Rare costume of the flower Miao people of the Guizhou Province. Cotton, Wool & Hemp. Handstitched and embroidered. Wovensouls will, on request, provide more information & photo links about the culture and lifestyle of this minority group. Rare MEASUREMENT : 171cm x 84cm CONDITION : Overall good condition with stain and a few spots of distress on the mebroidery.

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GUIZHOU MINORITY HEMP CAPE early 20th century

Lot 141: GUIZHOU MINORITY HEMP CAPE early 20th century

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Description: Miao Minority costume. Handstitched cape with geometrical patterns. Rare MEASUREMENT : 111cm length, 89 cm shoulder width CONDITION : Good condition

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YAO HILLTRIBE SHAMAN ROBE - late 19th century

Lot 142: YAO HILLTRIBE SHAMAN ROBE - late 19th century

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Description: This Shaman robe from the hilltribes of the Golden Triangle contains ritual motifs. Some are symbols of potency and others are symbols of ancestors who were looked upon as protective gods. RareREFERENCE EXAMPLE : 'Cotton & silk embroidered tunic, Yao Quan Trang, Yen Son, Tuyen Quang Yao' at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi. LITERATURE REFERENCE : Page 181, "Museums of South East Asia" by Iola Lenzi 2. Page 107-120, "Tradition and beyond, Handcrafted Indian Textiles" by Rta Kapur Chishti / Rahul Jain MEASUREMENT : 120 cm length, 88 cm shoulder width CONDITION : Not perfect.

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AKHA HILLTRIBE JACKET early 20th century

Lot 143: AKHA HILLTRIBE JACKET early 20th century

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Description: Made for a small person with good examples of Akha motifs and stitches. Indigo dyed cotton base. Rare MEASUREMENT : 77cm length, 47 cm shoulder width CONDITION : Good condition mostly. LITERATURE REFERENCE : "Peoples of the Golden Triangle" by Paul & Elaine Lewis

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COWRIE SHELL NAGA LOIN CLOTH - late 19th century

Lot 144: COWRIE SHELL NAGA LOIN CLOTH - late 19th century

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Description: This particulare type of loin cloth is worn by very few Naga tribes. Cowrie shells - considered a symbol of wealth- have been fixed onto a thick canvas-like cloth. MEASUREMENT : 72 cm x 19 cm CONDITION : Good condition

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YAO HILLTRIBE SHAMAN SHOULDER CLOTH - late 19th century

Lot 145: YAO HILLTRIBE SHAMAN SHOULDER CLOTH - late 19th century

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Description: This ritual textile is draped around the shoulders by the Shaman during rituals. Contains an Inscription. The embroidery seen on the ends is very finely done with unique motifs. Rare MEASUREMENT : 28 cm x 88 cm (not including the fringe) CONDITION : Good condition

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YAO HILLTRIBE HEAD CLOTH late 19th century

Lot 146: YAO HILLTRIBE HEAD CLOTH late 19th century

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Description: Worn by men on the head in a turban-like tie,the ends of this rare head cloth have been woven with silk-floss thread. Hand spun cotton. Rare MEASUREMENT : 30cm x 332 cm (not including the fringe) CONDITION : Good condition LITERATURE REFERENCE : "Peoples of the Golden Triangle" by Paul & Elaine Lewis

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YAO HILLTRIBE HEAD CLOTH late 19th century

Lot 147: YAO HILLTRIBE HEAD CLOTH late 19th century

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Description: Worn by women on the head in a turban-like tie, the ends of this rare head cloth have been woven to create a 3-dimensional effect. Ends of the supplementary wefts have been left uncut for added effect and hang alongside the long fringe. MEASUREMENT : 22cm x 82 cm (plus 34 cm fringe) CONDITION : Good condition with some discolorationLITERATURE REFERENCE : Similar Examples in the excellent textile & cultures book titled "Peoples of the Golden Triangle' by Paul & Elaine Lewis

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KAREN HILLTRIBE PWO SINGING CLOTH - mid 20th century

Lot 148: KAREN HILLTRIBE PWO SINGING CLOTH - mid 20th century

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Description: Examples of this tpe of textile have been shown in reference books. The cloth is worn when singing at ceremonial rituals for funerals. MEASUREMENT : 67cm x 192 cm (not including the fringe) CONDITION : Good condition LITERATURE REFERENCE : An almost identical example is seen on Page 81 in the excellent textile & cultures book titled "Peoples of the Golden Triangle' by Paul & Elaine Lewis

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INDONESIAN IKAT late 19th century

Lot 149: INDONESIAN IKAT late 19th century

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Description:   Thick cotton Indonesian (single) Ikat dyed in indigo with bands stitched onto the sides. All dyes appear to be natural dyes. Late 19th century.  

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NAYONG SHOES METAL STUDS - mid 20th century

Lot 150: NAYONG SHOES METAL STUDS - mid 20th century

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Description:   Handstitched Nayong shoes with hide soles, metal studs and embroidery. Early - mid 20th century.  

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