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Sarong
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Such a sarong was not made after 1884 and the Museum Nasional only has one. There may be only two in the whole world. The only other one we know of is in the collection of the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam.

History of the Object
These kind of sarongs were only made in the Bentanan region until 1884. The motif (diamonds, triangles and meanders) was inspired by the silk cinde cloth of India.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Cotton, natural dyes, copper 
Measurements
Width 82 cm. Length 167 cm.  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Indonesia; Sulawesi; Minahassa 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century 
Function
It was used during ritual ceremonies and also used as a status symbol. The Sarong was hung on the chief’s chair during traditional ceremonies. It was also used as an object of exchange. 
Acquisition
The sarong was part of the Ethnographic collection of the Koninklijk Bataviaasch Genootschap (Royal Batavia Society for Arts and Science), which formed the basis of the collection of the National Museum. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museum Nasional 
Museum
National Museum of Indonesia 
Credit line
 

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