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Title

Batik head cloth with stylised Islamic calligraphy design

early 20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

According to Michael Rogers, Honorary Curator of the Nasser D. Khalili Collection, the head cloth shows four tughras arranged around a central flower-like pattern. A tughra is a device used to authenticate Ottoman state documents and consists of the name of a Sultan, his patronymic, and the formula 'May he ever be victorious'. Rogers identified the tughras on this cloth to be reversed versions of the signs of Abdul Hamid II (1876-1918), the 34th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire(This means they would be read clearly from the reverse side of the cloth). That the sultan's tughra appears on a Southeast Asian textile is not altogether surprising as Hamid II is known to have travelled to Indonesia and to have set up an Islamic institution in Aceh.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2007.


Details


Place where the work was made

Aceh Indonesia


Date

early 20th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

batik, cotton, dyes


Dimensions

95.0 x 91.0 cm (irreg.)


Credit

Gift of Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter 2007


Location

Not on display


Accession number

293.2007



Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Margaret White, TAASA Review, "Calligraphic batik cloths in Southeast Asia: Meaning behind the words", pg. 22-23, Sydney, Sep 2014, 23 (colour illus.).