Temple hanging - ROM2018_16183_12


Temple hanging

Medium:Chintz: cotton tabby, painted, mordant-dyed, painted details
Geography: Probably made in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Date: 1800-1899
268 x 189 cm
Object number: 972.117.7
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. William C.C. Van Horne
Not on view

This hanging illustrates episodes from the life of the Tamil saint Manikkavachar and the wedding of Meenakshi and Sundareshwara (southern forms of Shiva and Parvati) at Madurai. Tamil inscriptions written in wax resist identify each scene. The simplest types of South Indian temple hangings have basic colour palettes of mordant-dyed red and black, with a brick-red background and sometimes small areas of painted dye. Hangings of this type are often attributed to centres such as Madurai in Tamil Nadu.

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