Temple hanging (pechhavai) of Krishna and Gopis

Indian (probably Deccan)
late 18th century

Object Place: Deccan, India


165.1 x 175.26 cm (65 x 69 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain-weave painted with opaque watercolors and gold on cotton

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Temple hanging with design of the god Krishna standing under a tree, playing a flute, a cow nuzzling his foot. He is attended by four Gopis holding fly whisks. Two more trees flank the scene and a shower of flowers fills the sky. A row of diminutive cows and two cowherders appear in a horizontal band immediately below, with another register, depicting a lotus pond, below that. Above, figures of gods appear in a cloudy sky. Repeated gold flowers and foliage patterns form a border on all four sides. Most figures are delineated in gold against a dark blue ground.


By 1966, John Goelet, Amblainville (Oise) France; 1966, gift of Goelet to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1966)

Credit Line

Gift of John Goelet