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Temple cloth

Temple cloth

  • Place of origin:

    Tamil Nadu (probably, made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted cotton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Brahmanical temple cloth of coarse cotton fabric painted, chiefly in red and black, with Shiva subjects including Shiva enthroned in his heaven on Mount Kailash. The lowest panel, with fishing operations, possibly represents the sacred Lake Manasarovar.

Place of Origin

Tamil Nadu (probably, made)


18th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted cotton

Marks and inscriptions

Inscriptions are in Tamil


Width: 2715 mm Top edge, Width: 2677 mm Bottom edge, Length: 1926 mm Proper right, Length: 1892 mm Proper left, Weight: 15 kg Weighed on roller

Descriptive line

Brahmanical temple cloth of painted cotton, probably made in Tamil Nadu, South India, 18th century


Textiles; Religion


South & South East Asia Collection

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