Temple hanging (kalamkari)

Indian (probably Kalahastri)
19th century

Object Place: probably Kalahastri, India


Height x width: 141 x 68 in. (358.1 x 172.7 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain-weave, mordant painted and dyed

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Temple hanging (kalamkari) of cream white plain-weave cotton with painted design of scenes from the Ramayana: central square with multi-armed deity, rest of panel filled with bands showing scenes from Hindu mythology; painted with dark red, brilliant blue, green, neutral yellow, brown and black.


Given to donor's father, Mr. Frederick Kandall, in the late 19th century, by his business representative in India. Said to have come from a temple in the interior of India; Gift from Miss Barbara Kendall to the MFA, September 11, 1942

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Barbara Kendall