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Temple Panel

15th century-16th century (made)
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Place Of Origin

Temple panel of embroidered cotton with silks in brick, satin and chain stitches. Decorated with a mythological scene. The lower border of brocaded silk and upper border of crimson silk.


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Materials and Techniques
Embroidered cotton with silks
Brief Description
Temple panel of embroidered cotton with silks, Nepal, 15th century-16th century
Physical Description
Temple panel of embroidered cotton with silks in brick, satin and chain stitches. Decorated with a mythological scene. The lower border of brocaded silk and upper border of crimson silk.
Dimensions
  • Width: 130cm
  • As currently arranged on board height: 37.5cm
  • Height of the board the textile is currently mounted on height: 42cm
  • Width of the board the textile is currently mounted on width: 138.5cm
Historical context
This embroidery, decorated with scenes from the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, is a rare survivor of textile art from Nepal. It probably served as a frontispiece to an image shrine or altar, or may have hung along the edge of a canopy. The subject, one of the most popular in Hindu mythology, is the battle in which Rama defeats the ten-headed demon king Ravanna. It is illustrated in a continuous narrative. Aband of garuda and lion masks fill the upper border and masks alternating with coloured banners appear below. The style of the figures bears close comparison to those in paintings of the Bhaktapur school, to which this embroidery appears to be closely related.
Subject depicted
Bibliographic Reference
PUBLISHED - R. Crill, "Nepalese embroidery: a new chronology", Hali, No44, April 1989, pp30-5, pl.3b.
Collection
Accession Number
IM.24-1936

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record createdFebruary 13, 2000
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