Pair Majapahit Fabric Hangers with Rice Goddess Figures
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Folk Art: Pre 1837 VR: item # 820399
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|Teak hangers for decorative textiles or drapes are carved with figures of Dewi Sri, Hindu goddess of agrarian fertility, a revered icon on the Indonesian island of Java. The painted faces are in the style of the old Majapahit Empire that flourished in East Java during the 13th to 15th centuries. These hangers are from the early 19th century. Throughout Java, Dewi Sri takes on a variety of appearances, sometimes dressed as royalty, sometimes in local costume, in wood, ceramic and bone figures, and often is displayed in homes beside her consort, Sadono, to bring the blessings of a happy marriage, fertility and prosperity. The gracefully shaped and hand carved hangers have holes through the top of the hook so they can be suspended or affixed to a wall to display collectible textiles or to hold back drapes. Fabric can be draped so the face of Dewi Sri faces front or to the side as shown in photo enlargements #4 and #6. The paint on one figure, which apparently was more heavily used than the other, is chipped here and there; otherwise the hangers are in very good condition. Dimensions: height 13” (33 cm), width 1 ¾” (4 cm), depth 7” (18 cm), depth of space for fabric 3 ¼” (8 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM|