Cotton; plain weave, mordant painted and dyed, resist-dyed
Textile: H. 107 in. (271.8 cm)
W. 77 3/4 in. (197.5 cm)
Mount: H. 117 1/2 in. (298.5 cm)
W. 86 5/8 in. (220 cm)
D. 2in. (5.1 cm)
Textiles-Painted and/or Printed
Purchase, Bequest of George Blumenthal and Gift of Indjoudjian Freres, by exchange, and The Friends of the Islamic Department Fund, 1982
Not on view
This type of dyed cloth, known as a palampore from the Hindi term for a bed cover, palangposh, was made in abundance in India for the European market in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The size of the palampores conformed to bed sizes in Europe, and their decoration, often with a central tree laden with fruits and birds, combined elements from English embroideries, Chinese decorative objects, and Indian textiles. Lengths of such fabric also hung on the walls of the bedrooms, which were often decorated with Chinese porcelains and other Eastern exotica.
[ Cora Ginsburg, Tarrytown, NY, until 1982; sold to MMA]
Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 281, pp. 341, 396-397, ill. p. 396 (color).
Haidar, Navina, and Marika Sardar. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art Symposia." In Sultans of the South: Art of India's Deccan Courts. Brugge, Belgium: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. Back cover, p. 138, ill. fig. 7.