The headscarf is an exquisite example of Arabic and Chinese influence in the late 19th Century. The Arabic letters were taken from words of the Qur'an. The lion-like shape is a depiction of Chinese influence. This piece of headscarf was made in Cirebon, a coastal city and important harbour. The city is also home to one of the most influential sultanate in Java.


  • Title: Headscarf
  • Date Created: 1850/1920
  • Location Created: Cirebon, West Java
  • Physical Dimensions: 86 x 83 cm
  • Provenance: Received as a gift from Gusti Kanjeng Puteri Mangkunegara VIII
  • Type: Batik

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