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Bed Cover or Wall Hanging

Object Name:
Hanging
Date:
17th century
Geography:
India, Gujarat
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Cotton, silk; plain weave, embroidered, originally quilted
Dimensions:
Textile: L. 76 1/2 in. (194.3 cm) W. 45 in. (114.3 cm) Mount: L. 84 5/8 in. (214.9 cm) W. 53 7/8 in. (136.8 cm) D. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm) Wt. 76 lbs. (34.5 kg)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Gift of Victoria and Albert Museum, 1954
Accession Number:
54.21
  • Description

    Foreign travelers from as early as Marco Polo knew of the quality of the embroidery produced in Gujarat, a state on India’s northwestern coast, and as soon as European trade with India picked up in the early 1600s, embroidered Gujarati textiles were identified as among the most lucrative goods for export. This fragment from a hanging is one of the earliest examples of this overseas commerce, and comes from the Ashburnham House in Sussex, England. Embroideries like this were probably made at different centers throughout Gujarat, but are usually associated with Cambay, the port from which they were exported.

  • Provenance

    Lord Ashburnham, Sussex, England (from late 17th century); Ashburnham family, Sussex, England (by descent, until 1953;sale, Ashburnham Palace, Sussex, through Sotheby's, London, July 7–9, 1953, lot 479; to V&A); Victoria and Albert Museum, London (1953–54; gifted to MMA through SirLeigh Ashton, Director)

  • See also
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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    MetPublications
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