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Ceremonial Textile Decorated with Female Courtesans with Attendants and Parrots

Date:
late 14th–early 15th century
Culture:
India (Gujarat)
Medium:
Plain-weave cotton block print (mordant- and painted resist-dyed)
Dimensions:
37 3/8 in. x 17 ft. 1 1/8 in. (95 x 521 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Printed
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift and Rogers Fund, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.256
Not on view
The imagery on this textile is related to manuscript paintings in the western Indian Jain style, and this textile type probably originated as a temple hanging in a Jain context. The women represented may be celestial maidens of Indra’s Heaven, where the gods reside.
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