Textile Fragments

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This silk textile composed of fifteen fragments, including two in a private collection, depicts three forms of the vyala, a mythological creature whose leonine body is combined with parts of other animals. This form had its origins in traditional Indian art, where it was used in architectural settings as a symbolic guard for Hindu temples. Here, all three vyalas are winged, and the central form has the head of an elephant.

Textile Fragments, Silk; samite

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