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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2013.77
Title
Hip Wrapper (Pha Nung) with Stylized Floral and Foliate Decor
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
textile
Date
19th century
Places
Creation Place: Southeast Asia, Thailand
Culture
Thai
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/211661
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Blue silk with supplementary red silk and gold wefts
Dimensions
237.5 x 99.1 cm (93 1/2 x 39 in.)
Provenance
Private Collection, Phnom Penh, (by 1921), sold; to Louis V. Ledoux Collection, New York (1921-1948), by descent; to his son L. Pierre Ledoux, New York (1948-2001), by inheritance; to his widow Joan F. Ledoux, New York, (2001-2013), gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2013.

Footnotes:
1. Louis V. Ledoux (1880-1948)
2. L. Pierre Ledoux (1912-2001)
3. On long term loan to Harvard Art Museums from 1985 to 2013.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Louis V. Ledoux Collection; Gift of Mrs. L. Pierre Ledoux in memory of her husband
Accession Year
2013
Object Number
2013.77
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
A long bolt of cloth worn wrapped around the hips, this garment, known as a “pha nung,” is made of royal blue silk with decorative patterns woven in supplementary wefts of dark red silk and gold threads. A large, rectangular decorative field of rerepeated patterns of stylized flowers and leaves appears at the center of the wrapper; borders of styled flowers and geometric designs frame the central field. The ends of the cloth sport repeated bands of stylized leaves in triangular formations. An especially luxurious textile, this “pha nung” was likely made for a wealthy client.

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