Head wrapper (iket kepala)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th to early 20th century
Object Place: Java, Indonesia, Central
105.5 x 107 cm (41 9/16 x 42 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Cotton, natural dyes; plain weave, hand-drawn (tulis) wax-resist (batik)
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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.
Denman Waldo Ross Collection; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on May 4, 1911
Denman Waldo Ross Collection