A fine example of a Cambodian pidan with outstanding detail and soft luminous colors.
Confronting serpents, or nagas, surround a variety of temple altars, some in the shape of ships in this ceremonial hanging. 3'1" x 10'11" (Published in Green, Traditional Textiles of Cambodia, p. 291.)
This peacock-laden pidan with a row of mythical lions, singha, has the quality of an impressionist painting. 2'11" x 12'4" (Similar example in Green, Traditional Textiles of Cambodia, p. 260.)
Patterned with supplementary weft weave with resist-dyed silk yarn. Either very few of these survived or they were rarely produced.
Repeat geometric patterning with elaborate yantra end borders.
Lines of horses and mythical lions, singha, with phantom riders appear in procession below temple pavilions.
This pidan plays masterfully with solid color and fine detail through rows of offerings, perched birds and peacocks, horses and mythical lions, singha.
Interwoven snakes and serpents with complex saturated colors. (A similar piece is in the National Gallery of Australia: see Green, Traditional Textiles of Cambodia, pp. 126-127.)
Complex interweaving of ships, temple pavilions and altars are anchored by a bottom row of confronting peacocks.
Detail of a rare ceremonial cloth with silk borders, filled with sailing ships, barges and aquatic life. 4'11" x 8'0" (Published in Green, Traditional Textiles of Cambodia, pp. 284-285.)
Geometrically presented nagas are also reminiscent of temple roofs.
Tight repeat geometric patterning in the ground and top and bottom borders is balanced with loose and intricate three-tiered yantra end borders.
With crisp even geometric patterning.
Lattice pattern in exceptionally clear ikat.
Fine floral pattern in pleasing colors. (For a similar examples, see Green, Traditional Textiles of Cambodia, pp. 160 and 161.)