Tent Lining Fragment, Cotton, silk; plain weave, embroidered, quilted

Tent Lining Fragment

Object Name:
18th century
Attributed to India
Cotton, silk; plain weave, embroidered, quilted
Textile: H. 67 in. (170.2 cm)
W. 56 in. (142.2 cm)
Mount: H. 77 in. (195.6 cm)
W. 64 in. (162.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of George D. Pratt, 1933
Accession Number:
Not on view
This section from a tent lining is immediately distinguished from contemporary embroideries made for export by the use of the favorite Mughal motif of the single flowering plant within an arched niche. It would have hung on the inside of a tent made of a plain cotton textile, enlivening the interior space of a home-away from-home, the tent city erected by the court on the move during campaigns or the seasonal migrations between capitals.
George D. Pratt, New York (until 1933; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Indian Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 18, 1973–April 1, 1973, no catalogue.

New York. Asia Society. "In the Realm of Gods and Kings: Arts of India, Selections from the Polsky Collections and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 14, 2004–January 2, 2005, not in catalogue.