Sa'dan Toraja or Mamasa Toraja people
[mawa or ma'a]
47.2 (h) x 57.2 (w) cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
This sacred cloth, displayed during Torajan celebrations of the agricultural cycle and feasts of merit, is woven in a seamless cylinder and painted and printed with carved wooden stamps. The central agricultural scene depicting a crowded corral of water buffaloes evokes abundance and prosperity. Different perspectives allow the large central buffalo to be shown to advantage, its plump torso from the side while the aerial view emphasises its great horn span. The surrounding herd is represented by elongated crosses.