Early 20th c. silk woven ikat hanging from Cambodia.
These hangings (pidan) are woven by woman as donations to the temple where they adorn the altar of Buddha. Like other religious donations, a pidan offering is considered a source of merit taken into account in subsequent rebirths in Theravâda Buddhism. Their main themes depict episodes in Buddha’s life, his previous existences, the Jâtaka, or Buddhist cosmology. The theme here is the Three Worlds, or the three “lands” of the universe.
This particular piece was acquired in 1931 for the Colonial Exhibition in Paris, 1931