Western or Southern Indian
Late 18th century to early 19th century

Object Place: India


391.16 x 609.6 cm (154 x 240 in.); Legacy dimension: 154 x 240 in.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton; block-printed and painted (Kalamkari)

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Altar curtain painted with a central figure of Christ holding an orb surmounted by a cross, flanked by two pairs of angels and cypress tree columns, above an inscription in Armenian script. Inscription reads: To the memory of Der Hovhannes and his parent Michael, Keman and grandfather Yohan, Kakar and brothers Seth, Kapriel and his wife Azatlou and children Garabed, Bedros, Ohan, sister Kakar and my second mother Sisile and my grandfather Der Khachadour and children Der Stepanos and Der Havhannes and their children Ourmahal, Lelekhan and their grandmother. Commissioned for the Armenian church in India and probably made in Madras between 1790-1810


Christie's, October 2, 1996; Christopher Gibbs, London; Purchased by the MFA, 1998.

Ex. coll. Bernheimer. October 2, 1996, Christie's, London, lot 203. Christopher Gibbs, London; 1998, sold by Gibbs to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 16, 1998)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by John Goelet and Helen and Alice Colburn Fund