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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
Not on view
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.
probably Raja Jai Singh I of Amber, Jaipur, India (from ca. 1635); Amber Palace, Jaipur (until late 1950s–1960s); [ Art market, India and England, until 1977]; Private Collection, England (from 1977–81; sold to MMA through Terence McInerny, New York)
Swietochowski, Marie, Stuart Cary Welch, and Annemarie Schimmel. "Notable Acquisitions." The Metropolitan Museum of Art vol. 39 (1982). pp. 14-15, ill. (color; b/w).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. p. 141, ill. (color).

de Montebello, Philippe, and Kathleen Howard, ed. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. 6th ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992. pp. 328-329, ill. fig. 41 (color).



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