University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameKalaga
Object Number: 29-96-139
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Burmese
Provenience: Burma
Period: Late Konbaung
Mandalay period
Date Made: 1830-1896
Early Date: 1830
Late Date: 1896
Section:Asian
Materials:Velvet
Felt
Cloth
Sequins
Braid
Silk
Cotton
Gold Thread
Technique:Appliqued
Embroidered
Iconography:Ramayana
Height: 52cm
Width: 287cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other NumberNone - Field No SF

Description

Wall Hanging, Kalaga. Black flannel with silk, cotton, sequins, colored braid and gold thread applique and embroidery. Scenes from the Ramayana, from left to right: Ravana, ogre king and his sister, Surpanakha; Garuda; Ravana bearing Sita on his flying chariot; Ravana holds a sword and is dressed as an ascetic and holding Sita's hand; Rama going to catch the golden deer for Sita; Rama lures deer with food; deer taking Rama further into the forest; Rama bringing back the deer which was cut in two and hung from his bow; Lakshmana greeting Rama.


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