hangings (ritual & belief: representations)

A story cloth, ider-ider, from Negara, West Bali, to be hung around a shrine. Embroidered by hand in many colours on cotton, with a fringe along the lower edge. It depicts three scenes from the Balinese version of the Ramayana. The story reads from left to right. On the left is Laksmana talking to Dewi Sita; in the centre Rama shoots the golden deer, actually the demon Marica in disguise, while his servant Twalen watches; on the right Rahwana in disguise as the ascetic Dukuh Siluman accosts Dewi Sita. At the extreme right is the bird Jetayu, who attempts to rescue Sita.

Collection Information

These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be errors. This part of the website is also still under construction, so there may be some fields repeated or incorrectly formatted information.

The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.

If you have any further information about objects in our collections or can suggest corrections to our information, please contact us: enquiry@horniman.ac.uk