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Batik headcloth (Iket Kepala) with Stylised Moth (Kupu-Kupu) Motifs
late 19th century
dimensions: 105cm x 105cm
This man's headcloth is large at more than a metre square. It is decorated against a dark blue ground with orange-brown stylised moth (kupu-kupu) motifs. It has a 'rib
of the palm sugar' border (kemada sada aren) and a central plain lozenge called a modang (mirror). The modang motif is indigenous to central Javanese batiks.
Surakata (Solo) is a likely place of manufacture.
Overall, this is a very striking batik in excellent condition.
This textile has been professionally conserved and currently has been mounted, again professionally, on an acid-free backing and is beneath a custom-made plastic
frame. The textile can be shipped with or without the frame and casing.
Provenance: Lehman Brothers Corporate Collection
References: Barnes, R., & M. Hunt Kahlenberg (eds), Five Centuries of Indonesian Textiles: The Mary Hunt Kahlenberg Collection, Delmonico Books, 2010.
Inventory no.: 1146
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