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Five-sided textile with five loops sewn to patched and printed backing with white thread. Machine-sewn edging on both sides is grey. Front background is all yellow with white drops and brown, red, and green triangles. Brown stitching frames; silver metallic band occurs on both sides. Flowers and leaves with mirrors are in next band which is followed by another metallic band. Centre has three equal-sized human figures with two lions, two rats, and accompanying symbols and mirrors.

History Of Use

Wall hanging worshipped by bride and groom.

Cultural Context

Wedding; Hinduism.

Iconographic Meaning

Shape corresponds to longitudinal section of gabled shrine. Mirrors represent sparkle of water and bright colours bring variety to desert landscape. Each female figure is a devi, the protector against evil with her mount, the lion. Middle god is Ganesh, identified by his elephant head and many arms which denote power. He is remover of obstacles and is shown with his mount, the rat.

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