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Panel from a Tent Lining (Qanat)

Object Name:
Panel
Date:
17th century
Geography:
India, Deccan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Cotton; plain weave, mordant dyed and painted, resist-dyed
Dimensions:
Textile: L. 103 in. (261.6 cm) W. 50 in. (127 cm) Mount: L. 114 1/4 in. (290.2 cm) W. 59 in. (149.9 cm) D. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm) Wt. 165 lbs. (74.8 kg)
Classification:
Textiles-Painted and/or Printed
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
31.82.1
Not on view
The size, shape, and design of this panel tell us that it was probably once joined to a series of similar panels that would have enclosed an outdoor space. These textiles, known as qanats, were used in gardens within the palace compound and for camping during overland journeys. The central motif of a flowering plant is a fantastic hybrid of blossoms including irises and Chinese lanterns.
Kachhwaha Royal Treasury, Amber Palace, Rajasthan, India (in 17th century); [ Imre Schwaiger, London, until 1931; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy," April 20, 2015–July 26, 2015.

Haidar, Navina, and Marika Sardar. "Opulence and Fantasy." In Sultans of Deccan India 1500–1700. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. no. 181, pp. 304-305, ill. pl. 181 (color).



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