Bedcover or hanging (palampore)

Indian for the European market
late 17th century

Object Place: Indian (possibly for export to Portugal)


335 x 264 cm (131 7/8 x 103 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain-weave, natural dyes, embroidered with silk and metallic threads

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Bed cover or hanging of natural cotton plain-weave with design in main field of Tree of Life growing from rocky outcrops, with animal motifs inside each rock, surrounded by plant, floral and bird motifs; potted flowers in each of the four corners; wide border on four sides with repeating floral bouquets and birds; design is embroidered in polychrome silks and gold metallic threads in elaborate satin, long and short, and other fancy stitches.


Transferred from Asiatic Dept. to Textiles.

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund, No. 2