Old Ikat with anthropomorphic figures
The hierarchical layout is suggestive of an ancestral family tree structure.
At the vertical midpoint, the figures change direction and are placed facing the other set.
A total of 14 large primary figures surrounded by numerous small figures including birds.
The other remarkable feature of this textile is the presence of figures in the borders.
Softened through age and usage. [not stiff or thick like later pieces]
Atoni people, Timor.
Estimated to be from the mid 1900s
Other Examples: Museum of Fine Arts
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.