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Brown-red rectangle of three long panels; hand sewn; short sides unfinished; top and bottom are blanket-stitched; embroidered with satin in double-running and Holbein stitches; bordered with two rows of vines and geometric flowers; upper side at left is unbordered; four elephants of varying sizes, human figure, and geometric figure in upper left corner; fourteen regular rows of stylized peacocks; eighth row from bottom has abstract curving peacocks; other rows alternate between two designs of left-facing peacocks; two jewelry items in upper left corner; scattered, small, light stains throughout.

History Of Use

Traditionally, an important part of bride's trousseau. Worn by Hindu women. Also used as bedspreads, curtains, or wall hangings.

Iconographic Meaning

Peacock symbolizes beauty and immortality and is the vahana of Subrahmanya, the six-faced god and son of Shiva. Elephants represent power and authority and are the vahana of Indra, chief of the minor gods.

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