Kantha (Embroidered Quilt)

Artist/maker unknown, Bengali

Geography:
Made in Bangladesh, Asia
or West Bengal, India, Asia
Made in Undivided Bengal, Asia

Date:
c. 1850-1900

Medium:
Cotton plain weave with cotton embroidery in back, buttonhole, satin, running, dot, eye, and fern stitches

Dimensions:
31 x 27 1/4 inches (78.7 x 69.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1994-148-676

Credit Line:
Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1994

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Label:
At the bottom of this kantha, women in striped-skirts flank a nine-headed male figure, presumably the demon Ravana, who wears a short jacket, black shoes, and long pants with central drop, probably representing a dhoti.

Additional information:
  • PublicationKantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal

    Women in striped skirts flank a nine-headed male figure, presumably the demon Ravana, who wears a short jacket, black shoes, and long pants with central drop, probably representing a dhoti. At the right stands a row of six men, all but one of whom raise their left arms. Their clothing matches the nine-headed figure’s except for the red hat hovering above each man’s head. Across from them stands another row of figures, also with raised left arms, red hats, and short jackets, but in brightly and variously patterned undivided lower garments. The hats indicate that they, too, are men, but are wearing sarongs or lungis.However, this format more often opposes male and female figures (see Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1994-148-683). Darielle Mason, from Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal (2009), p. 194.