Tent Hanging (qanat)
Unknown artist, Indian, Deccan region; Golconda area
Tent Hanging (qanat), ca. 1645
Cotton plain weave, mordant and resist-dyed, hand painted
Length: 205.1 cm (80 3/4 inches)
Gift of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich 37.010
Entirely hand painted, this tent hanging is an example of the finest seventeenth-century Indian chintzes. It is one of a group of nine panels that were originally joined to form part of a movable wall used in the tents of a sultan’s encampment whenever he traveled. Together with a summer carpet now in the Cincinnati Art Museum, the set can be traced to the collection of the Mughal general Mirza Raja Jai Singh, who ruled in Jaipur from 1621 to 1667. The exuberance of line and soft, saturated color of this important piece are characteristic of the best work produced in the Deccani sultanate of Golconda, where chintzes made for domestic and foreign markets added to the fabled wealth of this diamond-rich kingdom.