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Pictorial Cambodian Textiles_Gillian Green_9789749863398_RIVER BOOKSSKU: 9789749863398 Supplier: RIVER BOOKS
Author: Gillian Green
Format Paperback | 200 pages
Dimensions 230 x 250 x 15.24mm | 861.83g
Publication date 01 Mar 2009
The pictorial representations of Cambodian silk hangings, pidan, are unique in mainland Southeast Asia. Many of the few surviving antique textiles of this genre visualise, in astounding detail, Theravada Buddhist themes and are a response in silk to similar images in other artistic media also used in community religious practice. The imagery of another genre of pidan springs from a different source, and are distinguished by their common theme of a triad of bird/snake/tree of life. In addition some of this group have images of ships ranging from realistic to arcane. Latest research suggests that these hangings were essential to celebrations held at the end of the rainy season in Cambodia. This book illuminates many facets of these spectacular cloths. Assembling for the first time a comprehensive collection of pictorial pidan from private and public collections, many hitherto unpublished, the reader can revel in the wealth of cultural references encoded in the patterns.