Ceremonial Cloth (Tampan) Maker: Unknown

18th century

Indo-Pacific Art

On view, 3rd floor, Indo-Pacific Art

This type of cloth was used to cover food on ceremonial occasions, whether feasts or weddings. The motifs on such textiles differ, but most prominent are representations of ships, usually alongside banqueting or ritual scenes. Here, the sea below is inhabited by aquatic creatures, while birds or winged creatures fly through the sky above.


Cotton; supplementary weft


33 1/16 × 29 15/16 in. (84 × 76 cm)

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Robert J. Holmgren and Anita E. Spertus Collection, Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971

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Ex-collection: Robert J. Holmgren and Anita E. Spertus, New York. First Known Collector: Friend
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