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Head wrapper (iket kepala)

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Man's square-shaped cotton batik head wrapper (iket kepala) with overall design (semen) of stylized plants, animals and birds in brown, dark blue and black on a natural ecru ground. The semen design, which represents the rich symbolism of Javanese cosmology, is one of the "forbidden" patterns...

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

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection


Indonesian (Javanese), Dutch colonial rule, late 19th to early 20th century

Object Place

Java, Central, Indonesia


105.5 x 107 cm (41 9/16 x 42 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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


Textiles and Fashion Arts