Head wrapper (iket kepala)

Batik

Indonesian (Javanese)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th century


Object Place: Java, Indonesia, Central

Dimensions

104 x 109 cm (40 15/16 x 42 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.1298

Medium or Technique

Cotton, natrual dyes; plain weave, hand-drawn (tulis) wax-resist (batik)

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Man’s square cotton batik head wrapper (iket kepala) with a diamond-shaped central field (tengahan) in natural ecru surrounded by stylized animals, birds and pavilion and temple (candi) motifs (semen design) on a dark blue ground.

The semen design, which represents the rich symbolism of Javanese cosmology, is one of the “forbidden” patterns originally restricted to use by the aristocracy at court.

Provenance

Denman Waldo Ross Collection; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on May 4, 1911

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection