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What is this?

A palampore or tent hanging with a center field and border, in two reds, blue, green, red-violet, yellow (now much fade) and red-brown outlines on an off-white ground, without seam. The field is dominated by a tall, straight, slender palm (possibly date?) rising from a mound, with a full crown of feathery foliage and fruit clusters. From lower on the trunk spring, at one side, a small palm head, bending gracefully, and from the other side a down-curving branch of blossoms. From the mound grows a slender flowering vine, which divides above the lower branches of the palm and winds, upward, forming a frame for the tree's head, and at the top curving in, almost meeting.
Small flowering trees grow from either corner of the mound; the left of the palm is a short rugged tree, bamboo shoots close to the trunk of the palm, and to the right stands a handsome peacock. The trunk of the palm is marked with an eliptical pattern, and its roots are exposed.
The border, 15 inches wide, is a repeat pattern of short trees, and in each corner, a small bamboo tree. The rows of little trees grow from a curving ground line, suggesting mounds. Lined with cotton.

This is a palampore from India. It is dated mid–late 18th century and we acquired it in 1952. Museum purchase from Au Panier Fleuri Fund. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

medium: cotton technique: mordant printed or painted and resist-dyed plain weave (chintz) label: cotton, mordant-printed, resist-painted, and dyed

Its dimensions are

H x W: 335.3 x 236.2 cm (11 ft. x 7 ft. 9 in.)

This object was purchased from Josephine Howell

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