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Temple banner

Temple banner

  • Place of origin:

    Nepal (made)

  • Date:

    early 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered cotton with silks

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Temple banner of embroidered cotton with silks. It is composed from a number of sections. The major deity is Vishnu and his consort Laksmi seated on the eagle Garuda attended by his weapon-bearers (ayudhapurusa). Above is the lotus-enthroned figure of Balarama and others.

Place of Origin

Nepal (made)


early 15th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Embroidered cotton with silks


Width: 40.5 cm, Height: 32 cm

Object history note

This textile belongs to a rare group of early Nepalese textiles, the date of which has been confirmed by radio-carbon testing. It consists of a number of sections, and from a single source which have been made up into the upper section of a temple banner mount. This adaptation probably took place in a Tibetan monastery, where such banners are still to be seen today.

Historical context note

minor deities.

Descriptive line

Temple banner of embroidered cotton with silks, Nepal, early 15th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

PUBLISHED R.Crill, "Nepalese embroidery : a new chronology ", Hali, No 44, April 1989, pp30-5, Pl.3a.

Subjects depicted



Textiles; Embroidery; Ceremonial objects


South & South East Asia Collection

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