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Pua Kumbu of Bangi Anak Embol
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

After experiencing a dream, Bangi Anak Embol, an Iban master artisan weaver began to weave this particular pua kumbu. The weaving of the pua kumbu itself took a month to complete. The woven design shows the unseen world inspired by the weaver's dream. It depicts a story of a brave man attempting to save his wife from danger with the help of a snake.

History of the Object
Pua kumbu plays a prominent role in Iban culture. It is often used in rituals and have a variety of purposes which includes being used for protection, barrier creation and as a decorative piece. During major ceremonies, these textiles are often displayed in the ruai (communal space) within the longhouses.

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Type
Architecture 
Materials
Silk Yarn, Cotton Thread (Hand woven) 
Measurements
240 cm x 132 cm x 1 cm 
Creator name
Bangi Anak Embol 
Creator date
20th century 
Where it was made
Sarawak 
Geography
Malaysia 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th century 
Function
Normally used as a blanket 
Acquisition
Acquired by the Sarawak Museum in 2005. 
Copyright
Creative Commons, CC. 
Acknowledgements
Bangi Anak Embol 
Owner
Sarawak State Government 
Museum
Sarawak Museum 
Credit line
Photo credit: Aurelia Liu 

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