Jain Ceremonial Canopy (Chandarva)

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Made in Gujarat, India, Asia

Mid- 19th century

Silk satin with silk embroidery; silk fringe and braid; silk tassels wrapped with metallic thread

26 1/4 x 28 1/4 inches (66.7 x 71.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Waldman, 1978

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  • PublicationThe Fine Art of Textiles

    This canopy would have been placed over the head of a statue of the Jina (Mahavira), the founder of Jainism. Originally it was part of a set that included a rectangular wall hanging (chod) that provided an ornamental backdrop to the sculpture in a home shrine. The canopy is embroidered with symbols of the fourteen propitious dreams of Mahavira's two mothers and the eight auspicious signs of Jainism. Dilys E. Blum, from The Fine Art of Textiles: The Collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1997), p. 132.