Wide curtain

Indian (Gujarat)
late 17th century

Object Place: India


266 x 260.5 cm (104 3/4 x 102 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton twill embroidered with silk

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Large curtain of white cotton twill ground with design embroidered in chain stitch with polychrome silks-dark bluish-green and deep rose-red predominating; most of curtain filled with large-scale design of slender scrolling branches bearing flowers, buds, and 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; on three sides, a narrow outer border of flowering vine. Several breaks and small holes; yellowed and stained in several places.


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