Dutch colonial rule
early 20th century
Object Place: Bali, Indonesia
59 x 109 cm (23 1/4 x 42 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk plain-weave, weft yarn resist -dyed (endek, ikat)
Not On View
Violet-red and dark purple rectangular silk cloth with unfinished crosswise edges. The primary design element is of two lengthwise rows of white elephants with flowers or trees on their backs, each surrounded by a stylized floral lattice accented with red and yellow. There is a lengthwise border in violet-red and a deeper crosswise border in violet-red with a narrow band of orange separating the border from the elephant motifs.
This piece was possibly intended for a ceremonial breast cloth, or kamben. The design is based on patola cloths of India that feature royal animals, such as elephants and tigers.
van Kerckhoff Collection purchased by MFA on July 17, 1930
Maria Antoinette Evans Fund