Woman's ceremonial shoulder or breast cloth (geringsing, geringsing wayang kebo, selendang or anteng)
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.)
Medium or Technique
Cotton, natural dyes; plain-weave, warp and weft yarn resist-dyed (double ikat, geringsing)
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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)
Frederick Brown Fund