Tent Lining (India)

Embroidered tent lining from India, Mughal-style, 18th century. Embroidered tent lining from India, Mughal-style, 18th century. Copyright Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 33.65.9.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York houses a quilted fragment of tent lining from eighteenth century India. It has a cotton back material and silk thread embroidery. It measures 170 x 142 cm. The embroidery shows the characteristic Mughal motif of a flowering plant in an arched niche.

The lining would have decorated the inside of a tent, perhaps one of the away-from-home moving houses used in India during campaigns or migrations from one capital to another.

See also the entry on a tent panel lining from Qajar-period Iran.

Metropolitan Museum of Art online catalogue (retrieved 7 January 2017).

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