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Shoulder Cloth (selendang) with Design of Diagonal Bands of Animal, Vegetal, and Geometric Motifs

Artist Culture
late 19th–early 20th century
Plain-weave silk with hand-drawn wax-resist decoration (lokcan batik tulis) and natural dyes
Made in
Gresik, Timur province, Indonesia, Asia
Costume & clothing, textiles
Current Location
Not on view
20 × 88 3/4 in. (50.8 × 225.4 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Public Domain
Object Number
This silk cloth has a rarely seen yellowish-green ground featuring diagonal stripes containing dragons, phoenixes, and leaves. The Chinese-inspired motifs are dyed in an indigo blue so dark that they almost appear black. There is a meander border outlining the central design and imitation fringed ends as well as real fringes of fine threads. This cloth was made in Gresik (known in historical sources as Grissee) near the city of Surabaya in East Java province. Since the 11th century, Gresik has been an international trade center visited by Chinese, Indians, and Arabs, who brought many cultural influences. The silk for this textile was made in China and imported to various ports along the north coast of Java during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
- 1926
George Schulein (b.1887), New York, NY

1926 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from George Schulein [1]

[1] Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, December 10, 1926.
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