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Prayer mat

  • Place of origin:

    Machilipatnam (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1855-1879 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven cotton, resist-dyed, mordant-dyed and block printed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Cotton prayer mat, mordant-dyed and resist-dyed, and block printed, the field is composed of a niche surrounded by floral designs and borders, above which is an inscription, further inscriptions in the side borders which otherwise consist of decorative motifs within niches; above is a row of finials. The area within the niche is green, with floral swags. Complete piece.

Place of Origin

Machilipatnam (made)


ca. 1855-1879 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Woven cotton, resist-dyed, mordant-dyed and block printed


Length: 151 cm, Width: 95.5 cm

Object history note

Transferred from India Museum 1879.

Historical context note

Intended for use as a prayer mat.

Descriptive line

Textile, prayer mat, block printed, resist-dyed and mordant-dyed cotton, Machilipatnam, ca. 1855-1879


Woven; Block printed; Resist dyed; Mordant dyed

Subjects depicted

Niches; Swags; Floral; Prayer; Finials


Textiles; Religion; Islam; Parasol Foundation Trust Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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