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Headcloth (Iket Kepala)

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:

Late 19th century

Artist:

Indonesia, Central Java

About this artwork

The palette and design details of this man’s headcloth differ from those of the four pieces shown to the left (1926.24, 1926.22, 1926.5, and 1926.4). Here the overall effect is darker, thanks to the deeper red tone of the soga. Also, there are numerous bracket-like white lines arranged in a radially symmetrical fashion, which suggest mountain peaks. These form a pleasing pattern in their own right and provide welcome contrast to the otherwise somber palette. Such differences may well indicate production at a different central Javanese court.

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Title

Headcloth (Iket Kepala)

Origin

Java

Date

Made 1875–1900

Medium

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

Dimensions

106.7 × 107.4 cm (42 × 42 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Guy H. Mitchell

Reference Number

1926.6

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