Woman's ceremonial shoulder or breast cloth (geringsing, geringsing wayang kebo, selendang or anteng)

Indonesian (Balinese)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th or early 20th century


Object Place: Tenganan, Bali, Indonesia

Dimensions

Overall: 59 × 254.6 cm (23 1/4 × 100 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

30.812

Medium or Technique

Cotton plain-weave, natural dyes, warp and weft yarn resist-dyed (double ikat, geringsing)

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Long, rectangular cotton cloth with twisted crosswise fringe on each end; main design elements, created by double ikat technique, consist of seated, stylized human figures arranged around a central star-shaped temple motif in reddish-brown (mengkudu) and natural ecru on a dark blue (indigo) ground.

Geringsing cloth is considered one of the most important ceremonial textiles in Bali, representing the concept of territorial, bodily and spiritual purity. Geringsing wayang, which features figures from classic literature and theater, is particularly revered as a ritual cloth made originally only for the courts of Bali and East Java.

Provenance

Van Kerckhoff Collection. 1930, purchased by the MFA. (Accession Date: July 17, 1930)

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund