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Temple hanging

Temple hanging

  • Place of origin:

    Kutch (made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven cotton, embroidered with silk threads in chain stitch

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Part of a hanging for a shrine (pichhwai) of white cotton, embroidered with a design of cows in three colours: crimson, yellow and cream. The cream-coloured cows are, or were, outlined in crimson, but most of the cream silk and many of the crimson outlines have gone. On the left hand side, running down the length of the cloth, is a border consisting of three sections, a broad border surrounded on both sides by a narrow border. The borders are patterned as follows: in the broad central section is a design of crimson cows, separated by flowering stems in light green, dark bluish-green, with yellow and red flowers. The narrow borders have a design of green and red parrots, yellow and red flowers, and dark bluish-green foliage, alternately. The borders are defined by narrow bands of yellow outlined in red. Typical hook-worked embroidery in concentric circles of chain-stitch, as done by the Mochis (shoemaker caste).

Place of Origin

Kutch (made)


late 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Woven cotton, embroidered with silk threads in chain stitch


Length: 158 cm, Width: 151 cm

Object history note

Transferred from the Circulation department. These objects (IS.6-1977 to IS.41-1977) were in Circulation's travelling exhibition, "The Arts of Village India". They formerly bore the numbers C24959 to C24994. C24984, a cradle-cloth, is missing-stolen at Birkenhead in 1973. (Registered File number 1976/616)

Formerly numbered C24993.

Historical context note

The hanging forms half of the back-cloth for an image of the god, Krishna, as worshipped by members of the Vallabhachari sect.

Descriptive line

Part of a hanging for a shrine (pichhwai), woven cotton embroidered with silk threads, Kutch, Gujurat, India, late 19th century

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

Cat. No. 87, p. 19, illus. p. 94.
Indian embroidery / Rosemary Crill ; photography by Richard Davis. London: V&A Publications, 1999 Number: 185177310X, 1851772944 (pbk.)


Cotton (textile); Silk thread


Weaving; Chain stitching

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Cows; Foliage


Textiles; Embroidery; Animals and Wildlife


South & South East Asia Collection

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