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Ceremonial Cover (Rumal) Depicting the Rasalila

Late 18th or early 19th century
Artist/maker unknown, Indian
Embroidered cloths, such as this one, were made by court women of the Himalayan foothills especially during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They were most often used as coverlets for gifts given on special occasions such as weddings and other lifecycle rituals. Their motifs and images derive from the narrative painting tradition. It is likely that professional painters drew the outlines on the cloth and even suggested the color scheme for the women to embroider.

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