, Ceremonial cloth [kain batik] ENLARGE | ZOOM 1/1

Javanese people Ceremonial cloth [kain batik] [or possibly a nobleman's skirt cloth] late 19th century Description: Hanging or banner
Title Notes: with shadow puppet [wayang] style figures and scenes from the Mahabharata, possibly from the bale sigala-gala episodes of the Hindu epic, in which the Pandawa are threatened. Includes Bima wearing the sacred black and white checkered kain poleng and carrying a kris, court jesters, forked lightning, trees and architectural elements
Place made: Cirebon, Java, Indonesia
Materials & Technique: textiles, ceremonial objects, cotton, natural dyes; hand-drawn batik
Dimensions: 106.5 h x 260.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1984
Accession No: NGA 84.3101