Ceremonial Cover (Chamba Rumal)

Artist/maker unknown, Indianc. 1820

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, United States

The popular Ramayana image of Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana heading into their forest exile is re-envisioned in this exquisite embroidery. The tiny figures in their thick leaf clothing are almost hidden among a wonderful variety of trees set within a bold lotus-vine border.


  • Title: Ceremonial Cover (Chamba Rumal)
  • Creator Nationality: India
  • Creator Gender: Unknown
  • Date: c. 1820
  • Location: Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, India, Himachal Pradesh, India
  • Physical Dimensions: w37.99 x h24 in (Overall)
  • Provenance: Gift of Stella Kramrisch, 1969
  • Type: Textiles
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Cotton plain weave with silk embroidery in double-satin stitch
  • Artist/Maker: Artist/maker unknown, Indian

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