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Temple Textile Pidan
MAIP 5098
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The textile is one of only two of this kind in the museum's collection that was made before the Red Khmer. The weaving is of high quality and the iconography presents a classical set of motifs.

History of the Object
Pidan textiles with their rich iconography related to the life and the cult of Buddha were offered by believers to temples, where they were used as the wall-hangings or ceilings over sculptures. Pidan textiles were also presented on the passage rites ceremonies like weddings or funerals. During the period of Red Khmer terror almost all pidans in Cambodia were destroyed, but some of them still exist in foreign collections such as in The Asia and Pacific Museum in Warsaw. Nowadays the tradition of weaving and the offering of pidan is again popular in Cambodia.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
silk ikat 
Measurements
Width 169 cm Height 77 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Cambodia 
Geography
Cambodia 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; probably 3rd quarter 
Function
Temple textile for ceremonial purposes 
Acquisition
Acquired in 1979 from Hanka Trzebska. She was a physician and the wife of a medicine professor working in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in the 1960s. She gathered a collection of artifacts from Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries. 
Copyright
 
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Owner
Asia and Pacific Museum in Warsaw 
Museum
Asia and Pacific Museum 
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