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Woman’s Ceremonial Sarung (Lawo Butu)

19th century

Cotton; plain weave with beads

129 × 65 cm (50 13/16 × 25 9/16 in.)
Robert J. Holmgren and Anita E. Spertus Collection, Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971
This beaded cloth is the most sacred Lio textile, though cloths of this kind are no longer made. Those remaining in the village are worn on ritual occasions, such as the rain dance or the renewal of the roof of a lineage house.
Made in Nggela, Flores, Indonesia
Not on view
19th century

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

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