Man’s shoulder or hip cloth (hinggi) with large-scale skull trees with serpents

Sumba Island artist

Not on view

This remarkable hinggi is in excellent condition and features finely executed designs organized symmetrically around a single band at the center. Iconography includes large-scale pohon andung (skull tree) designs replete with highly animated skulls and anthropomorphic ancestral figures with raised hands and outward facing feet, the details of their chests and ribs clearly delineated. The powerful habak (or ‘radiating core’) motif at the center creates a potent focus from which the highly animated designs flow. These include prancing deer, their front legs and powerful tails raised. Large sections at each end of the cloth feature fantastic clawed dragons with deer antlers, the details of their scaly skin clearly skillfully delineated in the woven surface of the cloth.

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