Wide curtain

Indian (probably from Gujarat)
late 17th century

Object Place: Gujarat, India


Overall: 257.5 x 246cm (101 3/8 x 96 7/8in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain-weave, hand-painted, mordant and resist-dyed; silk damask lining

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Large bed curtain of glazed chintz with cream-colored ground (originally white) with design painted in polychrome with reds and blues predominating; most of curtain filled with large-scale design of slender scrolling branches bearing flowers, buds, curling leaves, insects and decorative birds in interspaces; deep border design of rocky landscape with many kinds of wild animals pursued by dogs and hunters and shepherds with their flocks; lined with pale blue Chinese damask in small-scale all-over design of flowering apple branches, birds and insects; three edges bound with white cotton tape.


Probably late 17th century, Earls of Ashburnhamm Ashburnham Place, Battle, Sussex; 1924, by inheritance to Lady Catherine Ashburnham (b. 1890 - d. 1953), Ashburnham Place; July 7-9, 1953, Lady Ashburnham estate sale, Sotheby's, London (sale held on premises). 1953, sold by David Stockwell, Wilmington, DE and Philadelphia, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 6, 1953)

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund and Gift of Mrs. Samuel Cabot