Batik sample

Indonesian (Javanese)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th century

Place of Creation: Surakarta, Java, Indonesia, central


41 x 51 cm (16 1/8 x 20 1/16 in.); Legacy dimension: .51 x .41+

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Printed by the reserve process and often called batik. The ground is covered with light neutral yellow orange scales outlined with neutral orange and black. In the center of each scale is a small black dot. In the middle of the piece is a miraculous bird on a spot of dark blue conforming to its general shape, printed with neutral orange, light neutral yellowish orange, black and white. Arranged about it, printed in a similar manner, are birds on branches, conventionalized plants and butterflies.


1921, sold by Prince Ario Kusumodiningrat (b. circa 1860), Surakarta, to Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (b. 1887 - d. 1947) for the MFA. (Accession date: April 7, 1921)

Credit Line

Marianne Brimmer Fund