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

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

Object Place: Tenganan, Bali, Indonesia


245 x 55 cm (96 7/16 x 21 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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

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.


1927, sold by P. Enserinck to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 8, 1927)

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund