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Kalamkari Rumal

Object Name:
Cover
Date:
ca. 1640–50
Geography:
India, Deccan, Golconda
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Cotton; plain weave, mordant painted and dyed, resist dyed
Dimensions:
Textile: H. 24 in. (61 cm) W. 36 in. (91.4 cm) Mount: H. 30 5/16 in. (77 cm) W. 41 3/8 in. (105.1 cm) D. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Painted and/or Printed
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1928
Accession Number:
28.159.1
Not on view
A number of chintz rumals and large summer carpets bear inventory notations written by clerks in the storeroom of the Amber Palace, near Jaipur. This rumal has only a brief notation indicating an inventory date of November–December 1673. Some rumals have more informative notations, giving multiple inventory dates, sizes, and even prices. This example shows scenes of courtly life involving figures in both Persian and Indian dress.
Inscription: In Persian (black ink); on the back: "Tarikh tashkhan/seneh 1084/arx (yak-Zar?) 59.225. (Date of (putting in) tahkhan (i.e. treasury) year 1084 (A.D. 1673) - width (one zaar?) - 59.225 (tomans)

Marking: See link panel.
[ Imre Schwaiger, London, until 1928; sold to MMA]
"Goldonda Cotton Paintings of the Early Seventeenth Century." Lalit Kala vol. 5 (1959). p. 44, ill. fig. 17 (b/w).

Skelton, Robert. The Indian Heritage, Court Life and Arts under Mughal Rule. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1982. no. 241, pp. 70, 293, ill. pl. 7 (color).

Haidar, Navina, and Marika Sardar. "Opulence and Fantasy." In Sultans of Deccan India 1500–1700. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. no. 160, pp. 271-273, ill. pl. 160 (color).



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