Kantha (Embroidered Quilt)

Artist/maker unknown, Bengali

Geography:
Made in Jessore District, Bangladesh, Asia
or West Bengal, India, Asia

Date:
19th century

Medium:
Cotton plain weave with cotton embroidery in back, buttonhole, darning, satin, running, eye, arrowhead, cross, and surface satin stitches

Dimensions:
32 x 9 1/4 inches (81.3 x 23.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1968-184-4

Credit Line:
Gift of Stella Kramrisch, 1968

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Label:
This narrow kantha is bordered with alternating red and blue leaf sprigs with contrasting stem swags. The principle motif is an elaborate processional chariot holding a large icon of blue Krishna flanked by red gopis (cowherd women). The chariot rests on a great elephant; its spires, domes, and flags span nearly the entire height of the cloth.