Chandova Canopy Fragment

Burhanpur, India

Cotton; painted mordant and resist dye

Early 19th Century

Former Peter Lymann and private American Collection

54 x 22 in/137 x 56 cm

This large fragment of a giant canopy features celestial nymphs and angels, parrots, florals and medallions, plus wonderfully deep colors. According to scholars, the drawing relates it to the Gujarati painting style; clearly this must have been made under royal patronage for a temple or the court. Other pieces of it are in the V&A, the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum in Hyderabad and the Tapi collection, Mumbai and Surat. Publications include Gittinger's Master Dyers to the World, plate 76; and Crill, Trade, Temple & Court, plate 93.