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Floral Tent Panel

Object Name:
Tent lining
Date:
ca. 1635
Geography:
India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk, gold; cut velvet, painted
Dimensions:
Textile: L. 105 3/4 in. (268.6 cm) W. 221 1/4 in. (562 cm) Tube: L. 120 in. (304.8 cm) W. 20 in. (50.8 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Purchase, Bequest of Helen W. D. Mileham, by exchange, Wendy Findlay Gift, and funds from various donors, 1981
Accession Number:
1981.321
  • Description

    In the lavish encampments used by Indian rulers when traveling, tents were lined with beautiful textiles. This panel, from the interior of a tent complex probably made for Raja Jai Singh l (r. 1611–67) of Amber, indicates the ambiance of such tent cities. The velvet panel has five compartments, each containing a poppy plant under an arch, with floral and leaf scrolls in the spandrels. The gold decoration was made by covering parts of the design with an adhesive substance, then placing gold leaf on top of the adhesive, beating it into the surface, and burnishing it.

  • Provenance

    probably Raja Jai Singh I of Amber, Jaipur, India (from ca. 1635); Amber Palace, Jaipur (until late 1950s–1960s); [ Terence McInerney, until 1981; sold to MMA]

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