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Head wrapper (iket kepala)

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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...

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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 century

Object Place

Java, Central, Indonesia


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

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Medium or Technique

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


Textiles and Fashion Arts