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Sarong (Kain panjang)

A work made of cotton, plain weave; hand-drawn, wax-resist-dyed (batik tulis).

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  • A work made of cotton, plain weave; hand-drawn, wax-resist-dyed (batik tulis).

Date:

c. 1930

Artist:

Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia

About this artwork

This sarong (kain panjang) for men and women is ornamented with scenes from the Javanese shadow puppet theater called wayang kulit. Many wayang scenes have protective connotations, exemplified by the presence of Bhima, one of the heroes who represents the forces of good in the Indian epic the Mahabharata. The wayang figures on the textile symbolize the wisdom associated with older people who commonly wear these garments.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Title

Sarong (Kain panjang)

Place

Java (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

Made 1920–1940

Medium

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

Inscriptions

Inscription: MR

Dimensions

105.4 × 246.7 cm (41 1/2 × 97 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of E. M. Bakwin Indonesian Textile Collection

Reference Number

2002.970

Extended information about this artwork

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