Ceremonial Textile Decorated with Female Courtesans with Attendants and Parrots
late 14th–early 15th century
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)
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift and Rogers Fund, 2005
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.