30 March 2006
A silk and gold brocade ikat songket
Indonesia, Palembang Kain, late 19th century
The central ikat pattern woven into a multi-colored abstract lotus pattern on a dark red background, with gold brocade borders and ends, woven into floral and vine patterns, with both selvedges intact
81½ x 35½ in. (207 x 90 cm)
Single family owner, acquired in Palembang Kain in the 1930s.
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