Code: display-in-museum 09
This Pidan was revitalized from the photo took at the National Museum of Cambodia in 1970s. The surface is divided horizontally into three sections. The upper section depicts the Preah Vehea, Tree of life with many birds perches on its branches, pair of Naga and hamsa. Middle section contains sailing ships with masts, sails, small cabin, and anchor. Different kinds of fishes swim in the sea. In the lower section Tree of life on a mound.
Code: display-in-museum 08
The upper register contains two motifs; tree-of-life on a stepped pedestal and tree-of-life on patchwork -filled, stepped mounds. The stepped mounds has a small pavilion on the summit with two elephant heads peering out. The upper tree is enclosed with a pair of wavy snakes and the lower is enclosed by pairs of dragons with wings. Pairs of gold -colored elephants, deer, butterflies and birds fill the background. A strange almost nomadic tribal motif appears between the trees-of-life in the upper moist register.
Code: display-in-museum 07
The composition of this cloth consists of two similar principal repeat registers. Each register contains two component registers. One has a sailing ship with masts, sails, small cabin, trailing dinghy and anchor in the upper and pavilion in the lower. Pairs of dragons confront each other either side of the pavilion while a tree-of-life on a mound with a pair of confronted lions appears between the pavilions. Birds perch on the lions’ backs. In the lower register a flower mound separates the sailing ships. Pairs of birds, fish, estuarine sawfish abound, many of the birds perched on the ship.
Code: display-in-museum 06
Naga are represented on these textiles informs ranging from boldly realistic, to abstract diamond shapes, to zigzag bands which are effectively disconnected diamonds. Naga are distinguished by their crests, white fangs, yellow tips to their tails and scales dotted the length of the body. Naga appear in the central field of the textile, the most prominent location in the design scheme. Paired naga confront each other and repeating horizontally and vertically, fill this space presenting a mass of bodies writhing in unison. In one sperb example the weaver has represented the entwined bodies three-dimentuionally, one body disappearing round the back of another to reappear in an elegant flourish. This naga must have special significance as coloured bands just behind its head correspond to jeweled neckpieces seen on some sculptural naga forms.