1441 Antique Bali Silk Songket with Ramayana Zari Weaving

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An intriguing silk Songket weaving from Bali with Ramayan scene woven in Zari and multicolored silk floss.

The scene has been interpreted to depict Sita - wife of Lord Rama - with Trijata in the Ashoka Vatika after being abducted and brought to Lanka by Ravana. 

In Bali Hindu spirituality pervades not just every day life but also most forms of art and Wayang puppet performances narrate the various sections of the epic Ramayana even today.

The purpose of this textile is not known.

Condition is 2/5  - there are several small holes and weak spots in the silk.

But on uniqueness this artwork scores 5/5

Estimated to be from the late 1800s

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This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user.

It is very likely that signs of this life are present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections.

Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect

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This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.

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