Panel of painted cotton

18th century

Object Place: India


Overall: 101 x 152.5cm (39 3/4 x 60 1/16in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain-weave, painted, printed, applied gold paste

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Panel of rectangular plain-weave cotton, constructed of two pieces stitched together (left-hand part seamed) with design of three red, green, blue and yellow birds perched on green and blue rocks; one of the birds is about to peck at at cricket-like insect; from behind the rocks grows a flowering Tree of Life with violet bark and red, red and yellow, violet and blue blossoms; part of this design, reversed, is repeated in the piece stitched at the left; narrow border showing a flowering vine appears at the bottom and two sides; it is part of the piece at the bottom and stitched to the sides; all contours are of applied gold paste.


Gift from Mrs. Gertrude Townsend to the MFA, April 11, 1957

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Gertrude Townsend