- Museum number
Two samples of wax used in making batik patterns; the larger piece is brownish in colour, the smaller piece is flatter and dark-brown/black.
- Production date
- 1871 (circa?)
Height: 1.60 centimetres
Height: 3.80 centimetres
Weight: 5 grammes
Weight: 8 grammes
Width: 2.70 centimetres
Width: 3 centimetres
Depth: 0.80 centimetres
Depth: 1.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Labels found with the samples read as follows:
'Samples of wax and resin with which the batik designs are drawn by means of the instrument called ''chanting''.
2.Wax (not bees')
3. Old used wax stained by dyes.
Given by the Amsterdam Zoological Society, 1871.'
'Wax used in producing patterns on cotton cloth; native name of process batik
Pres by the Zoological Society of Amsterdam'
'Pres'd by The Amsterdam Zoological Society 30.10.1871
Three pieces of wax used in patterning cloth (battik)
2. Wax, not made by bees
3. Wax which has been used several times'
Noted on the reverse side of Registration Slip 7589:
'Also 3 pieces of the wax employed in producing the patterns; one piece resembles gum-arabic, another is of buffish colour and opaque, the 3rd is dark chocolate brown'
Register Addition "Java, I".
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: As1871C1.7589c-d (old CDMS no.)
Miscellaneous number: As1871C1032.37
Other BM number: As1972,Q.1313.a-c (See object description on reverse (page 2) of Register Slip for Christy Collection number 7589; acquisition details match and the descriptions are accurate except for the 'buffish colour and opaque' piece which is not present, in its place there is a black piece)