Lower body wrapper (kain panjang)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th century
Object Place: Java, Indonesia, Central
108 x 275 cm (42 1/2 x 108 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Cotton, natural dyes; plain weave, hand-drawn (tulis) wax-resist (batik)
Not On View
Man’s or woman’s rectangular cotton batik lower body wrapper (kain panjang) with an overall design of alternating bands of diagonal “broken knife” motifs (parang rusak) and bands of small diamonds in brown and dark blue on a natural ecru ground.
The parang design 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