An Applique Hanging

Unknown MakerEarly 20th century

Museum of Art & Photography

Museum of Art & Photography

A pieced, square appliqued and couched wall hanging or offering cloth possibly devoted to a folk deity from Rajasthan, backed with red cotton fabric. The central panel on a red ground features various scenes possibly from a folklore depicting warriors riding on horses, camels and elephants and people engaged in various day-to-day activities, with a shrine like structure to the bottom, with two central deities, flanked by two guardians on either side along with a Devanagiri inscription—all rendered in green, red, white and black. The borders depict repeated motifs of people standing beside a flowering tree against a green ground, set within a running band of small triangles. A name, embroidered to the top left of the hanging, might be that of the artist.

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  • Title: An Applique Hanging
  • Creator: Unknown Maker
  • Date Created: Early 20th century
  • Physical Dimensions: H. 135 cm, W. 145 cm
  • Type: Textiles
  • Medium: Cotton applique
  • Region: North India
  • Department: Textiles, Craft & Design


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