Ceremonial Beadwork Skirt (Sumba, Indonesia)

Ceremonial beadwork skirt from Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Early 20th century. Ceremonial beadwork skirt from Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Early 20th century. Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 1990.335.1.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York houses a ceremonial woman's skirt (localled called lau hada) decorated with beadwork. It derives from the island of Sumba, in the modern province of East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, and dates to the early twentieth century. It measures 157.5 x 49.5 cm. It is made of cotton with a decoration made of nassa shells and glass beads.

Metropolitan Museum of Art online catalogue (retrieved 7 January 2017). See also, for a comparable skirt: MET acc. no. 1990.335.2.

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