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Title

Batik coffin cover with stylised Islamic calligraphy design

mid 20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

Large calligraphic batiks known as 'kerudung' (literally, 'shroud') functioned as covers for coffins during funerary rituals, as well as ceremonial hangings and banners. Men wear smaller examples wrapped around the head or draped over the shoulders.

Muslims believe that the written word is God's word and therefore calligraphy is considered one of the highest art forms. It decorates and enhances an object's significance. It also confers protection. A predominant motif on this cloth is calligraphy in the form of birds arranged around lozenges. The stylised inscriptions along the edge of the
cloth are from the Qur'an and read 'There is no God, but God.'

Asian Art Department, AGNSW


Details


Place where the work was made

Jambi Sumatra Indonesia


Date

mid 20th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

batik, cotton, dyes


Dimensions

290.0 x 105.0 cm


Credit

Gift of Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter 2007


Location

Not on display


Accession number

294.2007



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


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.).