Cover with Monkey God (rumal)

Indian (Hamal Pradesh)
18th century


Object Place: Punjab, India

Dimensions

Overall: 74 x 99cm (29 1/8 x 39in.)

Accession Number

1983.320

Medium or Technique

Cotton plain-weave embroidered with silk and flat wire

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Small natural plain-weave cotton cover (rumal) embroidered with silk yarn and flat wire depicting Hanuman, the monkey god, a prominent figure in the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. He carries mace (gada), his traditional attribute. He leaps from one mountain of herbs to the warrior god Rama. Background of stylized plants, trees, floral border.

Provenance

Purchased from Lisbet Holmes Textiles, 14 Noel Road, Islington, London, by MFA on September 14, 1983

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund