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An image of Batik shouldercloth ('slendang') by

Cirebon, Java, Indonesia

Title
Batik shouldercloth ('slendang')
Place of origin
CirebonJavaIndonesia
Cultural origin
Peranakan Chinese
Year
20th century
Media category
Textile
Materials used
silk, natural dyes; batik
Dimensions

51.4 x 285.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
258.2000
Copyright
© Copyright reserved
Location
Not on display
Further information

This example of Javanese silk shoulder cloth is typical of the cloths made or ordered by the Chinese Javanese, which were also exported to Bali, Sumatra and the Malay peninsula. Its fluid organic design of phoenix, bird and plant motifs is typically Peranakan Chinese, drawing inspiration from sources as varied and 'exotic' as porcelain bowls, lidded boxes and Chinese embroideries.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000