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

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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