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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: L. 25 1/4 in. (64.1 cm) W. 36 in. (91.4 cm) Mount: L. 30 1/4 in. (76.8 cm) W. 41 1/16 in. (104.3 cm) D. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Painted and/or Printed
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1928
Accession Number:
28.159.2
Not on view
Inscription: In Persian; on the back:
Transliteration: "bandeh rostam sahab mosallan koo gostard basm kemshid"
Translation: "The servant (of God) Rustam the undisputed master who spread the table of Jemshid"
Notes: Two illegible inscriptions in Prakrit, in Devanagari characters, probably names of clerks; and two legible dates 1101 (A.D. 1689) and 1113 (A.D. 1701) probably date when cover was deposited in treasury or when inventory taken.
(Information present on card and in Irwin's article in Lalit Kala, see bibliography)

Marking: Circular seal impression in black ink. See link panel.
[ Imre Schwaiger, London, until 1928; sold to MMA]
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. pp. 278-279, ill. fig. 185 (b/w).

"Goldonda Cotton Paintings of the Early Seventeenth Century." Lalit Kala vol. 5 (1959). p. 45, ill. fig. 18 (b/w), pl. XIV (b/w).

Skelton, Robert. The Indian Heritage, Court Life and Arts under Mughal Rule. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1982. no. 240, pp. 92, 93, ill. fig. 240 (b/w).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Daniel S. Walker, Arturo Ponce Guadián, Sussan Babaie, Stefano Carboni, Aimee Froom, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, Tomoko Masuya, Annie Christine Daskalakis-Matthews, Abdallah Kahil, and Rochelle Kessler. "Colegio de San Ildefonso, Septiembre de 1994-Enero de 1995." In Arte Islámico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York. Mexico City: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, 1994. no. 118, pp. 280-281, ill. p. 281 (b/w).

Haidar, Navina, and Marika Sardar. "Opulence and Fantasy." In Sultans of Deccan India 1500–1700. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. no. 161, pp. 171-173, ill. pl. 161 (color).



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