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Ceremonial Hip Wrapper (Dodot)

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

Date:

Late 19th century

Artist:

Indonesia, Central Java

About this artwork

Ths batiks of the central Javanese courts at Yogyakarta and Surakarta (also known as Solo) dating from the 19th and early 20th centuries consistently display certain features. They reveal a range of patterns restricted to the court, including the semen design (indicating sprouting and fertility) seen here, that presents elements of the Javanese cosmic universe—animals, birds, plants, scrolling vines, mountains, and pavilions. The wings of the mythological bird Garuda (see detail below), mount of the Hindu god Vishnu, was adopted in Java as a symbol of sovereignty. These textiles also have a distinctive and sedate palette.
Batik Textiles of Java, April 21-September 17, 2017

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Title

Ceremonial Hip Wrapper (Dodot)

Origin

Java

Date

Made 1875–1900

Medium

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

Dimensions

345.1 × 209.6 cm (135 5/8 × 82 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Julius Rosenwald

Reference Number

1937.354

Extended information about this artwork

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