Exhibitions/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Palampore

Date:
first quarter of the 18th century
Culture:
India (Coromandel Coast), for the Sri Lankan market
Medium:
Cotton (painted resist and mordant, dyed)
Dimensions:
Warp 44 9/16 in. (113.2 cm); weft 72 in. (182.9 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Painted and Dyed
Credit Line:
Purchase, Fernando Family Trust Gift, in honor of Dr. Quintus and Mrs. Wimala Fernando, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.337
Not on view
Palampores were a regular feature of the eighteenth-century chintz trade to Europe, where they were prized as wall hangings and bed and table coverings. They typically show a central flower- and fruit-bearing serpentine tree emerging from a hillock with stylized peaks or rocks. In addition to those produced for the Dutch and English markets, a class of smaller palampores was made expressly for the intra-Asian trade. This robustly painted version was originally sourced to Sri Lanka, likely made for the European communities in Batavia and Colombo or for families of mixed European and Asian descent wishing to emulate Western taste.
Related Objects

Picchwai for the Festival of Cows

Date: late 18th century Medium: Painted and printed gold and silver leaf and opaque watercolor on indigo-dyed cotton Accession: 2003.177 On view in:Gallery 251

The Combat of Rama and Ravana

Date: late 18th century Medium: Painted and mordant-dyed cotton Accession: 2008.163 On view in:Not on view

Sarasa with Figures, Birds, and Fantastic Animals

Date: late 17th–early 18th century Medium: Cotton (painted resist and mordant, dyed) Accession: 2010.56 On view in:Not on view

Long Cloth

Date: ca. 1720s Medium: Cotton (painted mordant, dyed) Accession: 2011.44 On view in:Not on view

Sarasa with Small Rosettes

Date: 18th century Medium: Cotton (painted resist and mordant, dyed) Accession: 2010.57 On view in:Not on view