Shrine Hanging (Krishna Pichhwai)

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Made in Kutch, Gujarat, India, Asia

Mid- 19th century

Silk satin with silk embroidery in chain stitch

6 feet × 70 1/2 inches (182.9 × 179.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

* Gallery 229, Asian Art, second floor

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Credit Line:
Purchased with the Director's Discretionary Fund, 1970

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Additional information:
  • PublicationThe Fine Art of Textiles

    This is a rare example of a hanging for a temple of the Vallabhacharya sect dedicated to Vishnu; it is embroidered with scenes from the life of Krishna, an avatar of the Hindu god. Dilys E. Blum, from The Fine Art of Textiles: The Collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1997), p. 133.

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