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cushion-cover

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    As1923,0410.16

  • Description

    Cushion cover. Single rectangle of cotton batik cloth, half unpatterned, half of Javanese workmanship but some design elements apparently European. Border of zig-zags, main motif a version of a sawat with a kind of surrounding wreath. Reddish brown ground, dotted in main square with six green trifoliate shapes set against it. Band defining wreath shape is blue with inner dotted white line, the rest in cream and green. [Text written by Dr Fiona Kerlogue, Horniman Museum.]

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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 109.5 centimetres
    • Width: 54 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Sawat motif: this comprises a pair of wings with a fan-tail, representing Garuda, the man-eagle mount of a central Hindu deity, Vishnu. Often there are two birds' heads, with long crests on either side of the tail, indicating that the motif is not just one bird, rather a pair. A representation of the Garuda bird is associated with Javanese rulers.

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1923

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    As1923,0410.16

Cushion cover, batik made of textile (cotton).

Cushion cover, batik made of textile (cotton).

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