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The Three Worlds
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This marvellously woven textile which is of the finest quality is very rate. Ikat textiles of such quality aren't created any more.

History of the Object
This textile was given by the Agence de la France d'outre mer to the Musee des Arts d'Afrique et d'Oceanie after the Colonial Exhibitionin Paris, 1931. It was given to the Musée de l'Homme in 1962. The largest part of the Asian collection of the musée du quai Branly comes from the Musée de l'Homme. Since 1997, new acquisitions were made by the musée du quai Branly.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Silk, woven cloth, weft ikat (hôl) 
Measurements
Height 83 cm. Length 164 cm.  
Creator name
Khmer 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Cambodia; Phnom Penh 
Geography
Cambodia 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th century; Circa 1930 
Function
These hangings (pidan) are woven by women for donation to the temple where they adorn the altar of Buddha. Like other religious donations, a pidan offering is considered a source of merit taken into account in subsequent rebirths in Theravâda Buddhism. Their main themes depict episodes in Buddha's life, his previous existences, the Jâtaka, or Buddhist cosmology. The theme here is the Three Worlds, or the three "lands" of the universe. 
Acquisition
Collected for the Colonial Exhibition in Paris, 1931 
Copyright
 
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Owner
Musée du quai Branly 
Museum
Musée du quai Branly 
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