Cotton, ikat dyed
Overall: 258.4 x 87 cm (101 3/4 x 34 1/4 in.)
Mary Cunningham Memorial Fund 1980.199
Each hinggi consists of two panels stitched together down the center and often, as in this mantle, finished at either end with a band woven with supplementary warps. The geometric motif repeated across the center of this hinggi is a symbol of royalty; the rampant lions, borrowed originally from European coats-of-arms, designate royal power; the large marine shrimp signify longevity, while the Trees of Life between the shrimp symbolize fertility; and the paired deer in red bands at either end are emblems of royal privilege since the hunting of deer was, traditionally, the prerogative of the king.
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