Palampore (textile panel) - ROM2018_16489_14


Palampore (textile panel)

Medium:Chintz: cotton tabby, painted mordants and resist
Geography: Coastal southeast India for the Western market
Date: Early 1700s
262.8 x 215.8 cm
Object number: 962.107.1
On view
Gallery Location:The Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume

The format of a central medallion and corner elements derives ultimately from Islamic art and is seen from the early Islamic period on book bindings and manuscript pages, and subsequently on carpets and textiles. Its versatility and rectangular format were perfect for Western bedcovers and wall hangings, and, when used in combination with the typical floral motifs of Western-market chintz, became completely disassociated from its Middle Eastern origins.

The inner guard motif, originally catalogued as an "upright pointed leaf pattern," in actuality has the shape of the fruit of plants in the geranium family (Geranicaceae). Many species in the geranium family are called cranesbill, after their fruits, which have an elongate, persistent style that looks like the bill of a crane.

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