Head wrapper (iket kepala)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th century
Object Place: Java, Indonesia, Central
104 x 109 cm (40 15/16 x 42 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Cotton, natrual dyes; plain weave, hand-drawn (tulis) wax-resist (batik)
Not On View
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.
Denman Waldo Ross Collection; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on May 4, 1911
Denman Waldo Ross Collection