Floral Tent Panel

Object Name: Tent lining

Date: ca. 1635

Geography: Attributed to India

Medium: Silk, gold; cut velvet, painted

Dimensions: Textile: L. 105 3/4 in. (268.6 cm)
W. 221 1/4 in. (562 cm)
Tube: L. 120 in. (304.8 cm)
W. 20 in. (50.8 cm)

Classification: Textiles

Credit Line: Purchase, Bequest of Helen W. D. Mileham, by exchange, Wendy Findlay Gift, and funds from various donors, 1981

Accession Number: 1981.321


In the lavish encampments used by Indian rulers when traveling, tents were lined with beautiful textiles. This panel, from the interior of a tent complex probably made for Raja Jai Singh l (r. 1611–67) of Amber, indicates the ambiance of such tent cities. The velvet panel has five compartments, each containing a poppy plant under an arch, with floral and leaf scrolls in the spandrels. The gold decoration was made by covering parts of the design with an adhesive substance, then placing gold leaf on top of the adhesive, beating it into the surface, and burnishing it.