hanging (art)

Square piece of batik cloth depicting Bima, a character from the Mahabharata with his characteristic long nails, wrestling with a 'naga', a type of serpent. The ground is divided diagonally into a red and blue section. The textile has been waxed on both sides. The white border pattern is a variant of the 'parang rusak' design, the design historically only worn by royalty, but which now has come to symbolise central Javanese ethnicity. An item for the tourist trade.

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