matano chandarvo (Textile)

About this object

Narrative

This cloth is the fourth in a series (along with 3199/1-3) showing the ancient mordant dying technique from this area of India.

Physical description

Temple cloth. Textile is block printed and dyed, with designs in black and cream on a dark red alizarin background. At centre is a buffalo with the torso and head of a male, holding in his hands a curved sword and a floral decal. Above his back is the many-armed goddess Durga. Around this central image are repeating motifs showing fish, birds, musicians, dancers, hunters with bows, and women carrying water jugs on their heads. Edges have lines of triangles, floral motifs, and chevrons.