1442 Antique Bali Silk Songket Textile with Figurative Motifs

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A silk Songket from Bali with figurative motifs woven in silk.

The main vertical panel in the front has 3 rather scary human-like faces - with monstrous teeth - possibly protection devices for the wearer. Each face has been rendered uniquely.

Also seen are bird pairs along the edge panels.

Finally there are motifs that appear to be fish - a rare and unique element.

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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