Exhibitions/ Art Object

Floor Covering or Hanging (Pha Kiao)

18th century
India (Coromandel Coast), for the Thai market
Cotton (painted resist and mordant, dyed)
Overall: 83 x 43 1/8 in. (210.8 x 109.5 cm)
Textiles-Painted and Printed
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Huntington Norton, 1944
Accession Number:
Not on view
Luxury painted cotton textiles expressly commissioned for the Siamese royal court constitute a specialized category of the Indian chintz trade. They include designs that closely follow Thai aesthetics—densely rendered decorative detail typically arranged in trellis-like lattice patterns that repeat across a central field. Here figures of the Hindu deity Brahma emanate from cartouches set within a trellis pattern of heavenly nymphs (apsara) and sandal-flower rosettes. Its intricate decorative detail was achieved by a series of repeat resist-dyeing processes that built up the pattern’s polychrome complexity.
cat. no. 40
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