Exhibitions/ Art Object

Ceremonial Textile Decorated with Female Courtesans with Attendants and Parrots

late 14th–early 15th century
India (Gujarat)
Plain-weave cotton block print (mordant- and painted resist-dyed)
37 3/8 in. x 17 ft. 1 1/8 in. (95 x 521 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift and Rogers Fund, 2005
Accession Number:
Not on view
The imagery on this textile is related to manuscript paintings in the western Indian Jain style, and this textile type probably originated as a temple hanging in a Jain context. The women represented may be celestial maidens of Indra’s Heaven, where the gods reside.
[ Thomas Murray Mill Valley, California, 1993–2005; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mother India: The Goddess in Indian Painting," June 29, 2011–November 27, 2011.

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