Head wrapper (iket kepala)

Batik

Indonesian (Javanese)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th to early 20th century


Object Place: Java, Indonesia, Central

Dimensions

105.5 x 107 cm (41 9/16 x 42 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.1308

Medium or Technique

Cotton, natural dyes; plain weave, hand-drawn (tulis) wax-resist (batik)

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Man’s square-shaped cotton batik head wrapper (iket kepala) with overall design (semen) of stylized plants, animals and birds in brown, dark blue and black on a natural ecru ground.

The semen design, which represents the rich symbolism of Javanese cosmology, is one of the “forbidden” patterns originally restricted to use by the aristocracy at court.

Provenance

Denman Waldo Ross Collection; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on May 4, 1911

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection