Two Historically Important Batik Cloths, Java
Cotton, natural dyes
approximately 40 by 40in (101.6 by 101.6cm) and 81 by 40in (205.7 by 101.6cm)
Field collected by Capt. J. Sheridan Fahnestock and Expedition Director Bruce Fahnestock, ca. 1940
Thence by descent
The Fahnestock Expedition collected birds from the South Pacific that are now housed in the Museum of Natural History in New York City. The music recordings, film footage, photographs, and accompanying manuscript documentation assembled by the brothers during the expedition documents music and dance from American Samoa, Fiji, French Polynesia, Indonesia, Kangean Islands, and New Caledonia before the large-scale cultural disruptions that followed World War II. It became part of the Library of Congress, American Folklife Center in 1986.