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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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- c. 1750–1800
- Cotton, embroidered with floss silk and metal-wrapped thread, with couching and satin stitch
- 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
Jorge de Brito collection, Portugal; [Amir Mohtashemi Ltd, London, February, 2015]; purchased by MFAH, 2016.