This visually striking panel is one of the finest embroidered textiles from the Deccan region of south-central India. The elaborate design, sumptuous palette, intricate embroidery, and lavish use of metal-wrapped thread suggest that it was probably made in a royal workshop and intended for a courtly setting. It may have been used to cover a throne platform. Many of these textiles were also made for overseas markets. This panel came from a Portuguese collection and was likely imported from Portuguese trading ports in colonial India during the active global trade of the 18th century.


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Artist
Indian
Title
Embroidered Panel
Date
c. 1750–1800
Medium
Cotton, embroidered with floss silk and metal-wrapped thread, with couching and satin stitch
Dimensions
Overall: 40 × 66 in. (101.6 × 167.6 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by Franci Neely, Olive and Bruce Baganz, Joy and Benjamin Warren, and Hamid and Lily Kooros

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2016.287
Classification
Textiles
Provenance

Jorge de Brito collection, Portugal; [Amir Mohtashemi Ltd, London, February, 2015]; purchased by MFAH, 2016.