Textile Panel with Scenes from the Ramayana

Date: ca. 15th century

Culture: Nepal

Medium: Silk embroidery on polished cotton

Dimensions: Overall: 15 3/8 x 13 1/8 in. (39.1 x 33.3 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Embroidered

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1995

Accession Number: 1995.331


This remarkably fine Nepalese panel is a rare survivor of an important genre of textile art featuring figurative embroidery. It was likely part of a garment worn by Vaishnava priests officiating major acts of worship. The central field contains dramatic battle scenes: At the top, Ravana rides in his six-wheeled makara-drawn chariot. Below, the heroic triad of Rama, Lakshmana, and Hanuman battle a white demon, possibly Ravana’s brother, the giant Kumbhakarna (presumably also represented in the chariot above).