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Asian Art

Textile Fragment with Lotuses

15th-16th century

Silk; compound weave (lampas), framed

36 1/2 × 18 3/4 in. (92.7 × 47.6 cm)
framed: 42 3/4 × 25 × 1 in. (108.6 × 63.5 × 2.5 cm)
Gift of Michael de Havenon, B.A. 1962, and Georgia de Havenon
2017.53.4
This fragment is one of a group comprising about fifty similar pieces that was thought to have been part of a canopy or hanging. The lotus decoration suggests that the hanging may have been used in a religious context, as lotuses are symbols of purity in both Buddhism and Hinduism. Gujarat, in northwestern India, produced textiles for trade throughout India, in Southeast Asia, and even in the West, adapting to the needs and tastes of varied patrons.
Geography: 
India
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Indian
Period: 
Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)
Classification: 
Textiles
Provenance: 

Michael and Georgia de Havenon, New York; gift in 2017 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/bulletin/Pub-Bull-acquisitions-2017.pdf (accessed December 1, 2017).

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.