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Kain panjang decorated with parang rusak barong design
MNK VI-7607
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The National Museum in Cracow possesses not more than a dozen Javanese batiks, which represent diversity of applied methods. Among others are tulis batik and tjap batik. There is a kain panjang skirt and a simple sarong skirt as well as kemben – torso-cover garments for women. The presented textile is of a special value because of the parang rusak barong design (broken lion dagger). Tradition says the design was designated for Javanese sultans who were allowed to use it for very special occasions.

History of the Object
Although in Feliks Jasieński’s collection of books, which is presently in the custody of the Cracow Museum, there are numerous auction catalogues, among which are catalogues of the Barboutau, Bing, Burty, Gillot and Hayashi collections, it is impossible to associate them with specific works of the Jasieński collection on the basis of short descriptions of individual items.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
batik tulis on cotton 
Measurements
Width 108.0 cm Length 260.0 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Indonesia; Central Java; Surakarta 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; second half 
Function
costume 
Acquisition
Donated by Feliks Jasieński (1861-1929) in 1920. Feliks Jasieński was a Polish collector, connoisseur, critic and music lover, and outstanding personality. His interest in art and music, as well as his personal intellectual and social qualities, brought him close to the artistic elite of Paris, the capital of art. Feliks Jasieński donated about 15,000 art objects from Far and Middle East, Poland and other European countries to the National Museum in Cracow. Japanese art was represented by approximately 6,500 items, including paintings, sculptures, fabrics, kimonos, obi sashes, lacquerware, ceramics, enamelware, bronzes, dyeing stencils, decorative art objects, arms and armours. 
Copyright
The National Museum in Krakow 
Acknowledgements
Beata Pacana, Far Eastern Art Department, The National Museum in Krakow and Zofia Maria Alber (1924-1999), Former Head Curator of the Far Eastern Art Department, The National Museum in Krakow 
Owner
The National Museum in Krakow 
Museum
The National Museum in Krakow 
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