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Nagas, birds, elephants

7.800 Ft

Nagas, birds, elephants. Traditional Dress from Mainland Southeast Asia.

In the book, Southeast Asian textiles are examined from several different angles – geographical, chronological and anthropological; starting with a presentation of textile types, their ritualistic roles and their systems of patterning, the distinguishing features of the different peoples – their beliefs, their customs and their celebrations – are approached through depictions of their traditional dress and materials. The geographical scope of the selected materials was restricted to mainland Southeast Asia. The earliest items discussed are Khmer-Empire statues from the 12th–13th centuries, while the most recent items are textiles collected – mostly “in the field” – in the 19th–20th centuries.

This volume also takes a peek into the practical side of collecting artistic materials in Southeast Asia. Close to a hundred objects are presented in the volume: alongside valuable – and very rarely seen – items from Hungarian public collections (Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts, Museum of Ethnography), there are numerous interesting Southeast Asian textiles acquired by private collectors and scientific researchers.

Szállítási díj: 1.669 Ft
Várható szállítás: 2024. június 18.


The first section of the book contains the essays. Borbála Száva’s study on the trade connections of Southeast Asia describes the region’s main trading routes and their history. Györgyi Fajcsák’s essay on Thai Buddhist picture scrolls focuses on the items in the collection of Emil Delmár, an internationally noted Hungarian art collector who travelled to Southeast Asia in the late nineteenth century, where he purchased Buddhist sculptures and paintings. The manufacture, use and trade of textiles in Laos in the mid-twentieth century constitutes the subject matter of Tatjána Kardos’s interview with the Laotian engineer and teacher Somdy Ouanphanivanh, who originates from close to Luang Prabang, the former capital of Laos. The essay by Vera Brittig evokes the Southeast Asia of the 1970s and 1980s, through the eyes of the Hungarian engineer and collector Ödön Rádai, who worked in Vietnam and Laos.

The second part of the book contains presentations of the textiles of four major Southeast Asian peoples, and descriptions of their clothing. Borbála Száva introduces us to the textiles and clothing of the Hmong and Khmer peoples. Tatjána Kardos presents the traditional dress and ritual textiles of Tai nations. In his paper on barkcloth clothing, professor of anthropology Gábor Vargyas gives us details of the clothing once worn by the Bru people, one of the hillside tribes of Vietnam. The volume concludes with a bibliography.

Nagas, birds, elephants. Traditional Dress from Mainland Southeast Asia exhibition, Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts, 29 September 2016 – 20 August 2017


ISBN 978-963-87496-7-3
Borító Softcover with flaps
Kiadás éve 2016
Kiadó Museum of Fine Arts - Hopp Ferenc Museum of Asitaic Art, Budapest
Múzeumi kollekciók Hopp Ferenc Múzeum
Nyelv English
Oldalszám és illusztrációk 230 pp., with colour illustrations
Szerkesztő(k) Vera Brittig, Györgyi Fajcsák