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Offering cloth

Offering cloth

  • Place of origin:

    Varanasi (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1987 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tie-dyed cotton

  • Museum number:

    IS.14-1988

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Crudely tie-dyed cloths like this one are offered at shrines of deities to protect the donor from disease and misfortune. This cotton ceremonial cloth was made to be offered at the temple of Sitlmata, goddess of smallpox, at Dasaswamedh Ghat, Varanasi (Benares). It was acquired there in 1988 for 6 rupees.

Physical description

Offering cloth of tie-dyed cotton, made to be offered at the temple of Sitlamata, goddess of smallpox, at Dasawamedh Ghat, Varanasi. Dyed with large green and yellow circles and small white lozenges against a red ground.

Place of Origin

Varanasi (made)

Date

ca. 1987 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Tie-dyed cotton

Dimensions

Width: 72 cm, Length: 112 cm

Object history note

This ceremonial cloth was acquired in 1988 for Rs.6 at the temple of Sitlamata, Dasaswamedh Ghat, Varanasi.

Historical context note

Crudely tie-dyed cloths like this are offered at shrines of deities to protect the donor from disease or misfortune.

Descriptive line

Offering cloth of tie-dyed cotton, Varanasi, ca. 1987

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

p. 121, no. 134
Tie-dyed textiles of India : tradition and trade / Veronica Murphy and Rosemary Crill. London: Victoria and Albert Museum :in association with Mapin Publishing, 1991 Number: 0944142303

Materials

Cotton

Techniques

Tie-dyed

Categories

Textiles; Religion

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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