Painted Textile Depicting Celestial Musicians

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

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A long trade cloth that was most likely displayed hanging in Jain religious ceremonies. This painted textile depicts heavenly maids attending the birth of Mahavira, a significant figure for those practicing Jainism. It was made in either the Ahmedabad or Cambay workshop in Gujarat, India for export to Indonesia. Textiles like this can be considered characteristic of those traded by the Dutch East India Company.

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