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

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

27.472

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

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.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund